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SK Telecom, ETRI develop ultra-low-power AI semiconductor

South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT announced this week that SK Telecom and the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) semiconductor based on neural network processing units (NPUs), which can be applied to data centers and IoT devices, and is expected to dramatically raise energy efficiency of various AI services.

“When the chips are used in cloud data centers, they can speed up deep learning processes and increase electric efficiency tenfold,” said Kwon Young-su, group leader of the processor research group at the ETRI.

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