Intel narrows down AI efforts, gets rid of Nervana to focus on Habana Labs

Posted on Tuesday, Feb 04 2020 @ 13:01 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Over the years, Intel made several acquisitions (or bets) in the artificial intelligence market. Now the chip giant seems to be narrowing its focus as it decided to shut down the development of Nervana's accelerator technology. Intel acquired Nervana in 2016 but it's now wrapping up these efforts in order to focus on the technology from Habana Labs, which it acquired in December 2019 for $2 billion.
In place of their Nervana efforts, Intel will be expanding their efforts on a more recent acquisition: Habana Labs. Picked up by Intel just two months ago, Habana is an independent business unit that has already been working on their own AI processors, Goya and Gaudi. Like Nervana’s designs, these are intended to be high performance processors for inference and training. And with hardware already up and running, Habana has already turned in some interesting results on the first release of the MLPerf inference benchmark.
Full details at AnandTech.

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