Intel has revealed plans for a new wave of artificial-intelligence-powered chips, aiming to build on the company’s long-standing leadership in processing power. The new chipsets will be divided into three separate families – Loihi, Nervana, and Knights Mill – with the Loihi family focusing on neuromorophic processing. This technology emulates the cognitive abilities of the human brain, allowing AI to learn more efficiently.
The Nervana family will focus on deep learning by taking advantage of the increased number of transistors available to a modern processor. Finally, the Knights Mill family will focus on HPC and machine learning, allowing for more rapid data processing. Intel sees these three chip families as being essential for the future of AI. They plan to use them to implement a wide variety of AI applications, ranging from autonomous vehicles to robotics.