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Source: https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-announces-dollar2-billion-habana-labs-acquisition

Intel today announced that it acquired Habana Labs for $2 billion to "accelerate the delivery of best-in-class [artificial intelligence] products for the data center."

This acquisition happened relatively early in Habana Labs' existence. The company emerged from stealth in September 2018 with a new chip, Goya, made specifically for deep learning inference workflows. Goya was said to offer improved performance over the GPUs many companies relied on for their AI work.

Intel said in the announcement that Habana has another chip, the Gaudi AI Training Processor, that is "currently sampling with select hyperscale customers." Training systems based on Gaudi are "expected to deliver up to a 4x increase in throughput versus systems built with the equivalent number of GPUs," the company said.
Smart move by Intel especially since they're going to be releasing their GPUs.
 

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Two billion dollars on a company that is less than 18 months old? Is their intellectual property really worth that much to intel? On the face of it sounds massively overvalued.
 

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In general it makes a ton of sense for them to incorporate AI like cores or controllers into their Core series. There are lots of processes that could take advantage of these types of processors... kinda like how we have a controller for x264 encoding and decoding, having one to do AI calcs is great. The Microsoft Hololens 2.0 was going to incorporate one because it would dramatically improve their spacial mapping. I could only imagine what GPUs could do if they start to incorporate it.
 

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Two billion dollars on a company that is less than 18 months old? Is their intellectual property really worth that much to intel? On the face of it sounds massively overvalued.
isn't that SOP for tech acquisitions and IPOs? I mean, hell video game companies were selling for billions decades ago.
 

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Two billion dollars on a company that is less than 18 months old? Is their intellectual property really worth that much to intel? On the face of it sounds massively overvalued.
AI is basically this generation's internet. Someone is looking to be the next Google, and Intel has a pretty good shot at it.
 

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AI is basically this generation's internet. Someone is looking to be the next Google, and Intel has a pretty good shot at it.
can you elaborate on this more? IE: AI is basically this gen's internet.

so are there kids all over the world playing with AI in their bedrooms right now... instead of watching porn & gaming, like my generation did?
 

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can you elaborate on this more? IE: AI is basically this gen's internet.

so are there kids all over the world playing with AI in their bedrooms right now... instead of watching porn & gaming, like my generation did?
Well, possibly. I'm not here to judge :thumb:

What I mean is that there are a lot of big players spending ridiculous amounts of money speculating on who's gonna be the top dog of AI. If someone corners the market, they can pretty much mint their own money.
 

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gochya

yessir, definitely agree there. my old man is 5 years out from retirement, so future tech investments are a common discussion.

unfortuantely, he didn't take my last bit of advice which was to go broke on AMD @ 1.5 a piece 3-4 years back.
 

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so are there kids all over the world playing with AI in their bedrooms right now... instead of watching porn & gaming, like my generation did?
technically kids are indeed playing with AI, service improved by AI that is.
google search, google translate, youtube recommendations, etc. they're using AI to "improve customer service".

youtube recommendations in particular have very amusing results because of AI inference.
 

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^ Yeah I just checked Google Finance on AMD and back then $1000 usd if getting it $1.50/share would be about $28000 today.
yep, could've easily made a cool mil off it. oh well. I won't hold back next time. That was sure as shart.
 

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Two billion dollars on a company that is less than 18 months old? Is their intellectual property really worth that much to intel? On the face of it sounds massively overvalued.
Wouldn't surprise me if Intel starts massive layoffs at Habana after this acquisition since it's Goya & it's successors that Intel is after that offer better inference performance compared to current traditional GPU solutions.
 

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yep, could've easily made a cool mil off it. oh well. I won't hold back next time. That was sure as shart.
Don't feel too bad. I jumped on bitcoin hard @ 200 each. Dumped my life savings into it + sold my car + PC. And all 700 of my coins went bye bye due to a man named Mark Karpeles.

At 20k each that would have been a nice sweet 14m.
 

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and now he's trying to sue you, riiiight?

I got you, next one I find :p
 

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Two billion dollars on a company that is less than 18 months old? Is their intellectual property really worth that much to intel? On the face of it sounds massively overvalued.



Every tech company is heavily overvalued, or all other companies are undervalued. Either way.
AI is seen to be the future money maker in this coming decade, not just by various companies but by governments as well. China is actually spending billions and billions "acquiring" tech and making chip advances specifically for AI dominance because they believe that will give them the highest income in the coming years.
If you look around, most tech articles on technology forcasts say that AI specialists will be one of the top paying jobs in the coming years, and it already is an extremely high paid one with companies doing crazy amounts of headhunting. If you looking for a job or just a career change into a higher profit area, you should really start learning AI now, and make your move into that sector within the next year or two so you get in before the mad rush of everyone thinking they can be AI specialists.
 

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can you elaborate on this more? IE: AI is basically this gen's internet.

so are there kids all over the world playing with AI in their bedrooms right now... instead of watching porn & gaming, like my generation did?
No, they're still going to be watching porn and gaming, but just with an AI instead of passive content. Imagine that... :D
 

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AI is basically this generation's internet. Someone is looking to be the next Google, and Intel has a pretty good shot at it.
nVidia currently owns and dominates this market which they helped craft starting with Fermi. You can have hardware but without a software ecosystem it's meaningless. All the giant Cloud computing services designed for machine learning are using nVidia GPUs, mostly their Tesla T4: Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS and Red Hat OpenShift 4. We'll see how Intel plans to take on an ecosystem which is stated to be the de facto standard for data-parallel computing.
 

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and now he's trying to sue you, riiiight?

I got you, next one I find :p
Not quite though I was sued by a guy I bought some bitcoins from. And he won because I was a no-show as I didn't know a thing about it. Never was served with papers over that one.
 

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So Intel either killed a threat before they made the Xe GPU obsolete before it's release, or Intel bought something they will use instead of their obsolete Xe GPU before release.
 

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So Intel either killed a threat before they made the Xe GPU obsolete before it's release, or Intel bought something they will use instead of their obsolete Xe GPU before release.

Or they realized there was patent overlap and the way they came to an agreement was to just buy the company with the patent on the implementation they need. Or Intel wants to incorporate some of their tech in next gen GPU. Could be all sorts of reasons.
 
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