As manufacturers fight it out in the artificial intelligence race, it is none other than Samsung which has already gained an edge over others by first finishing work on its AI chips. These chips are likely to power devices coming later in this year.
According to a report on The Korea Herald, Samsung is said to have nearly finished its first neural processing units (NPUs) or AI chips. It is expected that the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, will have AI as its technology in focus with the Samsung Galaxy S9 as one of the flagship devices showing off the prowess.
It is to be noted that at the moment Apple and Huawei are at the forefront for introducing devices already equipped with NPUs. Apple, for instance, introduced the iPhone X last year which comes with the facial recognition and Animoji feature that uses AI. Huawei, on the other hand, introduced the Mate 10 Pro with the dedicated AI chip that helps the device learn user behavior over time, Android Authority reports.
Even as Samsung is lagging in the race, sources have claimed that Samsung has already reached the technological levels of Apple and Huawei but it will be coming out with better chips in the second half of this year.
These chips will reportedly be capable of more operations per second than Apple’s or Huawei’s. For understanding, Apple’s chips are said to be capable of 600 giga operations/second and Huawei’s chips can deliver 4 tera operations/second.
If the reports are to be believed, we might soon witness Samsung’s AI technology in action at the upcoming MWC 2018 event where it will be unveiling the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ flagship smartphones.