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Google to Offer New AI ‘Supercomputer’ Chip Via Cloud

  • Move may test Nvidia’s grip on high-end semiconductor market
  • Processor is a tool to catch cloud leaders Amazon, Microsoft
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How Google Is Improving AI Technology

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At the I/O developer conference last year, Google debuted its first chip. The company kept the component mostly for internal artificial intelligence needs. Today, version two arrived -- and Google is selling this one.

Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai announced the new chip on Wednesday during a keynote address at the Alphabet Inc. unit’s annual I/O event. Normally, the gathering focuses on mobile software. This year’s spotlight on hardware underscores Pichai’s effort to transform the search giant into an "AI-first" company and a real cloud-computing contender.