Baidu Collaborates with Intel on AI Neural Network Processor

Baidu announced at its AI Developer Conference that it will collaborate with Intel to jointly develop Intel’s Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP-T 1000) for training. The new-generation 16nm NNP-T can optimize image recognition and, unlike other chips, its architecture has no standard cache hierarchy; it can directly manage on-chip memory using software. The chip is estimated to launch in the end of this year together with another 10nm NNP-I processor chip.

Baidu previously collaborated with Intel in 2016, when Intel assisted Baidu in optimizing its deep-learning framework called PaddlePaddle. Recently, the two companies also unveiled Baidu’s open source AI hardware development platform BIE-AI-Box.

Geely Launches China’s First 64-bit Automotive SoC

Geely subsidiary ECARX announced its new E-series chip developed jointly with MediaTek. The system-on-chip (SoC) was designed for smart networking vehicles to improve the GKUI Geely Smart Ecosystem user experience. The customer developed E01 SoC uses its high-speed 64-bit quad CPU to support 1080p high-definition dual-screen display and 4G modem.

ECARX plans to include stronger functions in the E02 SoC, which will be configured with an 8-core CPU and independent NPU. The chip is expected to go to the market in Q1 2020.

Huawei Hongmeng OS 60% Faster than Android

Huawei President Ren Zhengfei recently stated that Huawei’s Hongmeng operating system (OS) speed will be more than 60% faster than that of Android. Although compared with iOS and Android, Huawei is lacking a strong application ecosystem, he expressed confidence that it can be built in 2-3 years within the China market.

Hongmeng OS was developed not only for smartphones or to replace Android, but also for the Internet of Things (IoT). Compatible with PCBs, network switches, routers and data centers, the OS will be applied in autonomous driving systems and will become the system of choice for all IoT products, according to Zhengfei, who further noted that Huawei is working on industrial IoT standards.