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Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft plans to embed AI chips in all its devices

Normally, Microsoft makes it into the headlines for its software developments. But now the Redmond-based enterprise has announced it is planning to embed AI chips in all of its future devices.

21 Nov. 2017 Source: t3n Tobias Weidemann
Source: Microsoft

The new Huawei Mate 10 Pro already has one, while, Apple's iPhone X and other hardware manufacturers are likewise working on ways of integrating AI chips in their devices. Now Microsoft has announced it will be embedding AI chips across its range of hardware devices.

The augmented and virtual reality headset "HoloLens" will be the starting point, according to corporate vice president Panos Panay, appearing at a developer conference earlier this year. In July, Microsoft announced it was already working on a technology called mixed reality , which is set to go further than simple augmented reality. This learning AI chip is allegedly capable of recognizing things in the user's field of vision, thus opening up options for user/machine interaction.

Microsoft expects AI chips to accelerate device functions

There are a number of different tasks that AI chips can perform in hardware. Mobile devices in particular often have functions that are implemented in the cloud and which, thanks to AI, will be much more efficient in the future. This includes audio-based text recognition, image recognition and navigation functions – all of which can be achieved much more quickly if performed directly on the device, meaning you don't need to upload the files and have them processed before downloading them again.

In an interview with CNBC , Panos Panay announced that Microsoft wanted to gradually integrate this type of functionality in all of its device categories, i.e. in its Xbox as well as its Surface-series tablets and notebooks. Apparently the company also plans to rely more on outside partners and perform its hardware development jointly with them.