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The 10 Coolest AI Chips Of 2021 (So Far)

Dylan Martin

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.

Atlazo AZ-N1

Atlazo is looking to power AI and machine learning workloads in tiny smart devices with its first-generation system-on-chip, the AZ-N1. Announced in January, the startup says the AZ-N1 includes its highly power efficient AI and machine learning processor, the Axon I, which is targeted for audio, vice, health monitoring and sensor use cases. Atlazo says one Axon I processor can perform more than 130 inferences, and there are a variety of products in development that will use the AZ-N1, including smart earbuds, hearing aids and health monitoring devices. Aside from its processing horsepower, the AZ-N1 also includes a low-power CODEC that can support up to four microphones, a battery charge, DC/DC regulators and Bluetooth connectivity.

 
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