Samsung AI chip may debut in Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

A source close to the matter revealed that Samsung's AI chips are on par with its rivals

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Samsung AI chip may debut in Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus Samsung is set to debut AI capabilities.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  January 18, 2018

The smartphone market has begun venturing into releasing its own AI chips and now Samsung is ready to follow suit.

According to a report published in South Korea, Samsung has almost finished developing its own Neural Processing Units (NPU), which are aimed to further enhance the company's mobile devices and servers.

With Mobile World Congress launching next month, Samsung announced it will unveil the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on 25 February, the day before the show opens. It is also likely that the devices will feature Samsung's NPU capabilities.

A source close to the matter also revealed that Samsung's AI chips are on par with Apple and Huawei's versions.

The source told KoreaHearld: "Although the company has been somewhat late in the AI field, it was quite fast in catching up with competitors. Still, it is too early to compare the performances of AI chips by Samsung, Apple and Huawei, because the market has just been formed. Apple claims that its NPU has reached 600 in giga operations per second, while Huawei says 4 in tera operations per second. Samsung's is estimated to be similar or slightly higher at the moment."

Both Apple and Huawei's newest smartphone editions feature AI chips, with Apple's A11 Bionic chip seen in the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and the Kirin 970 SoCs in Huawei's Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. 

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