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TechKiwari | Samsung Electronics has started to foster the 'NPU (Neural Processing Unit) business', a core technology that will lead the era of artificial intelligence (AI).
Samsung Electronics plans to increase the number of NPU manpower more than tenfold to 2,000 by 2030 and concentrate company-wide capabilities to strengthen 'next-generation NPU technology'.
Samsung Electronics plans to accelerate the achievement of 'Semiconductor Vision 2030', which aims to become the global No.
'NPU (Neural Processing Unit)' is a processor optimized for deep learning algorithm operation, which is the core of artificial intelligence. Deep learning algorithms require parallel computing technology that must process thousands of operations simultaneously, and NPUs are considered a key technology for AI implementation because they can efficiently perform such large-scale parallel operations.
Samsung Electronics has been continuing prior research and product development in the System LSI Division and the Advanced Institute of Technology to strengthen NPU technology capabilities. ' was introduced last year. This product implements 'On-Device AI' so that mobile devices can autonomously perform artificial intelligence calculations that were previously performed by exchanging data with a cloud server.
Samsung Electronics plans to expand the NPU installation to all IT fields from mobile to electronics, data centers, and IoT in the future. Samsung Electronics plans to sequentially apply NPU mounting to its flagship SoC products for mobile devices, and vehicle SoCs equipped with NPUs such as In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). The strategy is to focus on product development. In addition, the company plans to develop an NPU dedicated to deep learning that can improve the big data processing performance of the data center and expand the scope of its application, such as strengthening AI calculations.
Samsung Electronics also plans to expand continuous cooperation with global research institutes and domestic universities, and invest intensively in discovering key talent.
In May, Samsung Electronics expanded and relocated the 'Montreal AI Lab', a research institute specializing in deep learning, to the Mila Institute of Canada, a research institute specializing in deep learning. We are collaborating with researchers from McGill University.
In addition, since 2017, the Neural Processing Research Center (NPRC) has been conducting joint research on artificial intelligence with domestic universities, and is also striving to nurture future talents.
In-yeop Kang, president of Samsung Electronics' System LSI Division, said, "We will take the lead in the AI era to come by strengthening the NPU business, which is the core of deep learning algorithms. We will introduce an innovative processor that has evolved to a new level.”
Samsung Electronics plans to further develop NPU technology and expand it to Neuromorphic processor technology that enables information processing and recognition at the level of the human brain.
Source of : samsung.com