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Samsung’s Next Exynos SoC Could Have an Intelligent Neural Engine Co-Processor to Take on Apple

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Oct 23, 2017
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Releasing and improving Bixby is not going to be the end of the road for Samsung as the next Exynos chipset could feature a lot of intelligent new features, such as the existence of a Neural Engine co-processor.

Samsung Has Heavily Invested in Chinese Artificial Intelligence Technology Developer DeePhi – Exynos Could Become a Smarter SoC in Next Release

The race to make smartphones smarter is on as according to The Investor, Samsung has made a sizable investment in AI technology developer DeePhi.

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“Samsung made quite a large investment in DeePhi Tech, which a group of Korean developers who met the startup’s officials found surprising. Samsung appears to have made considerable investment in the Chinese company, in line with the Chinese government’s move to foster homegrown AI tech firms. The investment could have been made out of political consideration, not necessarily over the company’s technological prowess.”

For record keeping, this is the second time that Samsung has invested in an AI startup, with the last time this taking resulted in a $30 million USD investment in Graphcore last October.

Samsung is listed as one of the partner businesses on DeePhi Tech’s homepage, along with China’s fabless chipmaker MediaTek, US fabless Xilinx and cloud service provider Amazon Web Services.

DeePhi specializes developing deep learning AI algorithms to go with its neural network chip designs, and Samsung might have possibly invested in the startup in order to develop a Neural Engine co-processor for the next Exynos SoC, which might be named Exynos 9810. This chip is going to be found in the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, which are rumored to arrive early to get an early lead in the smartphone market.

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The competition’s temperature is certainly rising but that does not mean Apple is not going to be ready with its equalizer ready to tackle its adversaries.

Are you excited to see a smarter Exynos chipset in a future Galaxy flagship? Tell us your thoughts down in the comments.

Source: The Investor

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