Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 27th May 2017 09:26 UTC

Apple is working on a processor devoted specifically to AI-related tasks, according to a person familiar with the matter. The chip, known internally as the Apple Neural Engine, would improve the way the company's devices handle tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence - such as facial recognition and speech recognition, said the person, who requested anonymity discussing a product that hasn't been made public. Apple declined to comment.

It's interesting - and unsurprising - that while Google is investing in server-side AI by developing its own custom AI hardware, Apple is apparently investing in keeping AI local. It fits right into the different approaches to privacy by these two companies, which is why I find this entirely unsurprising.

As a sidenote - isn't it interesting how when new technologies come around, we try to offload it to a specific chip, only to then bring it back into the main processor later on?

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Math Coprocessor
by Isolationist on Sat 27th May 2017 10:00 UTC
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Reminds me of the days when a math coprocessor as an optional add-on for the 8086 etc.

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RE: Math Coprocessor
by JLF65 on Sat 27th May 2017 14:16 in reply to "Math Coprocessor"
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It's more like the early MP3 decoders for computers. They were a separate chip since no processor (you could afford) had the power to decode MP3s in real-time.

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RE[2]: Math Coprocessor
by Drumhellar on Sat 27th May 2017 19:08 in reply to "RE: Math Coprocessor"
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Um... what? The MP3 format was created the same year the Pentium was released, and the Pentium was fast enough to play MP3s. By the same time MP3 saw any reasonable level of adoption, CPUs that were more than adequate to play MP3s were already quite cheap

You must be thinking of MP3 encoders - Creative Labs had a model of their SB Live card that had an on-board encoder, that could encode faster than real time (IIRC, even when the first Athlons were released, mp3 encoding time was still often used as a benchmark)

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RE[2]: Math Coprocessor
by Isolationist on Sat 27th May 2017 21:52 in reply to "RE: Math Coprocessor"
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That one must have passed me by.

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RE: Math Coprocessor
by Lennie on Tue 30th May 2017 07:34 in reply to "Math Coprocessor"
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This is where it is going, because single chips are not getting much faster.

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