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The 10 Coolest AI Chips Of 2021 (So Far)
Nvidia may hold the crown in the AI chip market right now, but there are many companies hoping to outgun the GPU juggernaut with new, unique processor architectures. CRN takes a look at the coolest AI chips this year so far, from vendors both small and large.
Xilinx Versal AI Edge
Xilinx says that its upcoming Versal AI Edge series of chips will provide four times greater AI performance per watt versus Nvidia’s top GPU for edge computing, the Jetson AGX Xavier. The company recently announced the new series of chips, which is called the “world’s most scalable and adaptable portfolio for next-generation distributed intelligent systems.” Xilinx says it will deliver a major performance-per-watt advantage over GPUs thanks in part to a new AI Engine architecture that provides four times greater machine learning compute than the previous generation. Also contributing to Versal AI Edge’s competitiveness is a new accelerator RAM module with enhanced memory hierarchy. The new chips will be fully software-programmable and target applications ranging from automated driving and collaborative robotics to predictive factory and healthcare systems.