Computer chips, sensors and other IC chips all are fabricated using a silicon chip derived from a silicon wafer. The rapid pace of the development in these silicon industries and their great innovations never fail to astonish.
When I heard about google is fabricating a new custom chip for machine learning system, I was excited. One would ask, why? This chip is not just another chip faster than any other chip in the world, it is way too different. Google has not revealed much information about the said chip but it is expected to be utilized in their upcoming major projects which involve Artificial Intelligence and Cloud.
This breakthrough technology innovation is called TPU or Tensor Processing Unitand being used to power Google’s data centers from almost a year. This new custom chip is more efficient and can perform many operations per second than the conventional chips.
“TPU is tailored to machine learning applications, allowing the chip to be more tolerant of reduced computational precision, which means it requires fewer transistors per operation. Because of this, we can squeeze more operations per second into the silicon, use more sophisticated and powerful machine learning models and apply these models more quickly, so users get more intelligent results more rapidly. A board with a TPU fits into a hard disk drive slot in our data center racks.” – Google Cloud Platform blog
Google is utilizing the speed for gaining a cutting edge in the future of technology. They are decades ahead of others in thinking about the future innovations and investing into them. Google is ambitious to lead the Industry with machine learning technology which has unimaginable scope in the future.