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The 10 Coolest AI Chips Of 2021
A look at the 10 coolest AI chips of 2021, which includes processors from semiconductor giants, cloud service providers and chip startups.
Cerebras Wafer Scale Engine 2
Cerebras Systems said its Wafer Scale Engine 2 chip is the “largest AI processor ever made,” consisting of 2.6 trillion transistors, 850,000 cores and 40 GB of on-chip memory. The startup said those specifications give the WSE-2 chip a massive advantage over GPU competitors, with 123 times more cores and 1,000 times more on-chip memory. Revealed earlier this year, the WSE-2 chip powers Cerebras’ purpose-built CS-2 system, which “delivers more compute performance at less space and less power than any other system,” according to the startup. More specifically, Cerebras said the CS-2 can deliver hundreds of thousands of times more performance than alternatives depending on the workload, and a single system can replace clusters consisting of hundreds or thousands of GPUs.