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Baidu Unveils High-Performance AI Chip, Kunlun

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A new press release reports, “Baidu Inc. today announced Kunlun, China’s first cloud-to-edge AI chip, built to accommodate high performance requirements of a wide variety of AI scenarios. The announcement includes training chip ‘818-300’ and inference chip ‘818-100’. Kunlun can be applied to both cloud and edge scenarios, such as data centers, public clouds and autonomous vehicles. Kunlun is a high-performance and cost-effective solution for the high processing demands of AI. It leverages Baidu’s AI ecosystem, which includes AI scenarios like search ranking and deep learning frameworks like PaddlePaddle. Baidu’s years of experience in optimizing the performance of these AI services and frameworks afforded the company the expertise required to build a world class AI chip.”

The release goes on, “In 2011, Baidu started developing an FPGA-based AI accelerator for deep learning and began using GPUs in datacenters. Kunlun, which is made up of thousands of small cores, has a computational capability which is nearly 30 times faster than the original FPGA-based accelerator. Other key specifications include: 14nm Samsung engineering, 512 GB/second memory bandwidth, as well as 260TOPS while consuming 100 Watts of power. In addition to supporting the common open source deep learning algorithms, Kunlun chip can also support a wide variety of AI applications, including voice recognition, search ranking, natural language processing, autonomous driving and large-scale recommendations.”

Read more at Nasdaq.

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