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[TH] Intel Announces $2 Billion Habana Labs Acquisition

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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.
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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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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