Mythic raises $70M to disrupt AI chips with analog and flash components

Mythic

Mythic has raised $70 million to fund the analog-based AI processors it plans to launch later this year. Mythic has spent nine years coming up with a patented, potentially disruptive way to compete with other makers of artificial intelligence chips. The company emphasizes energy efficiency and lower cost with its design that focuses on analog technology integrated with dense flash memory,

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Arm’s Neoverse server chips generate at least 40% better performance

Arm Neoverse

The Arm Neoverse V1 is a server chip microarchitecture that Arm’s customers — the big chip makers of the world — can design chips around for servers in big datacenters that power the internet. The V1 supports Scalable Vector Extension (SVE) and delivers more than 50% performance increases for high-performance computing machine learning workloads.

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[Interview] Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang: From the Grace CPU to engineer’s metaverse

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang delivered a keynote speech this week to 180,000 attendees registered for the GTC 21 online-only conference. And Huang dropped a bunch of news across multiple industries that show just how powerful Nvidia has become.

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Creo unveils AI-based BioBulb for indoor plant walls

Creo BioBulb

Creo has unveiled its BioBulb technology platform that allows businesses to create appealing indoor plant walls with automated water and nutrient systems. The system uses AI to create a smart, green living system that allows nature to grow in environments with scarce resources, such as inside office building lobbies.

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Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz creates startup Sun and Thunder to build synthetic beings

Former Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz has started a new company called Sun and Thunder to focus on AI characters and interactive storytelling. In an interview with GamesBeat, Abovitz said the company represents a fusion of technology, intellect, and art. The aim is to create “synthetic beings” and tell stories within worlds made possible by “spatial computing,” or the kind of mixed reality experiences that Abovitz has tried to create in his prior company Magic Leap. Abovitz will talk about his new startup today at our GamesBeat Summit: Into the Metaverse conference in a session entitled Notes From Our Science Fiction Future.

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Ambarella unveils 8K AI vision processor for car, drone, and robot cameras

Ambarella has unveiled the CV5 AI Vision Processor to handle 8K image processing for car, consumer, crone, and robot cameras. The new 5-nanometer camera system on chip (SoC) is the latest in the company’s CVflow family, and it consumes under 2 watts of power. The chip is about 4 times more powerful than the previous-generation chip.

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Fable Studio unveils two AI-based virtual beings who can talk to you

Fable Studio has announced two new conversational AI virtual beings, or artificial people. Their names are Charlie and Beck, and they will be able to hold conversations as if they were real people. The new characters are a blend of storytelling and artificial intelligence, a marriage that Fable is pioneering in the belief that virtual beings will become a huge market as people seek companionship and entertainment during the tough climate of the pandemic.

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Nvidia’s Inception program tracks 7,000 AI startups, up 25% in a year

Nvidia’s Inception program is tracking more than 7,000 AI startups, up 25% in a year. That’s a lot of growth for AI companies in a very tough year.
Nvidia business development VP Jeff Herbst said in a blog post that crisis breeds opportunity and that AI startups are stepping up with AI, machine learning, and data science to help address the worldwide emergency of the pandemic.

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Ambarella launches computer vision chips for edge AI

Chip designer Ambarella has announced a new computer vision chip for processing artificial intelligence at the edge of computer networks, like in smart cars and security cameras.
The new CV28M camera system on chip (SoC) is the latest in the company’s CVflow family. It combines advanced image processing, high-resolution video encoding, and computer vision processing in a single, low-power chip.

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Intel revenues drop 4% to $18.3 billion for Q3 2020 as competition heats up

Intel reported earnings that matched Wall Street’s expectations during what was another tumultuous quarter for the world economy. For the third quarter ended September 30, the big PC chipmaker posted non-GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $1.11 a share on revenue of $18.3 billion, compared with non-GAAP EPS of $1.42 a share on revenue of $19.2 billion a year earlier.

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What’s at stake in Apple’s potentially apocalyptic IDFA changes

The Identifier for Advertisers, also known as IDFA, seems like an unlikely candidate for causing an apocalypse in mobile games, advertising, and the iPhone ecosystem. But the obscure tracking technology, which anonymously profiles a user, seems like Death riding in on a pale horse.

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Nvidia spans AI from $59 Jetson Nano robots to massive datacenters on a chip

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang delivered the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) keynote address this morning to spotlight the company’s platforms that span all of computing, from a $59 Jetson Nano robot brain to massive data processing units that are part of its datacenter-on-a-chip strategy.

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Nuvia raises $240 million to design Arm-based CPUs for datacenters

Chip startup Nuvia has raised $240 million to design Arm-based processors for datacenters in a bid to balance energy efficiency and high performance. The funding is huge for a company that was formed just 18 months ago, but it’s a sign of how big a bet Nuvia is making as it challenges rivals in the datacenter.

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If Nvidia buys Arm, how open will it remain?

SoftBank took Arm private in 2016 for $32 billion. At the time, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said he was preparing for the Singularity, the predicted day when AI collectively becomes more intelligent than human beings. But SoftBank has run into a cash crunch as it is losing billions of dollars during the pandemic and bad bets on Uber and WeWork.

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