(On February 26, 2019, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, visitors saw the icons of Qualcomm and 5G.)
Qualcomm said at an event in San Francisco that it plans to start testing its new CloudAI100 chip with partners such as Microsoft later this year, and that mass production of the chip may not begin until 2020.
Qualcomms new chip is designed for what AI researchers call reasoning, and its operation process uses artificial intelligence algorithms. Analysts believe that the accelerated reasoning chip will be the largest component of the AI chip market.
Invida has already launched dedicated chips in this area, and Intel is working with Facebook to release such chips later this year. Cloud computing providers such as Amazon Web Services and Alphabets Google Cloud are also developing their own reasoning chips.
All this means that Qualcomm is entering a competitive market that lags behind its competitors.
But Cristiano Amon, president and chief executive of Qualcomms chip division, said the company was taking different competitive approaches to serve smaller, simpler data centers around the world, benefiting consumers from faster response times for Internet connection applications.
Qualcomm is working on low-power, low-fever AI chips to serve smaller edge data sites. Qualcomms chip development technology, which consumes less energy and produces less heat, is one of Qualcomms specialties in developing miniaturized mobile phone chips.
Competitors such as Intel and Invida have built more powerful chips, which dominate the central data center market and require complex cooling systems because of their high power consumption.
You cant expect to put big data centers in air-conditioned buildings, Christiano Amon said at the San Francisco event. Our technology will do better in this area.
Previously, Qualcomm tried to enter the data center market with its mobile chip technology, and competed directly with Intels core business by selling CPU chips based on its mobile chip technology. But at that time, the effort was largely seen as a cost-cutting measure.
Patrick Moorhead, founder of Moor Insights & Strategy, said, For Qualcomm, I think this is a good start. But in terms of high-speed performance, they also need to prove their strength more. (Tianmen Mountain)
Source: Responsible Editor of Netease Science and Technology Report: Wang Fengzhi_NT2541