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Microsoft and Intel take on AI platforms with programmable chips

Microsoft has launched Project Brainwave, a new research program aimed at creating a system that can process inputs as soon as it receives them, for ‘real time’ AI tasks. The project sounds like good news for Intel, as Microsoft is relying on its Stratix 10 FPGA chips to power the platform. If the capabilities can be made to work commercially,  Microsoft hopes it would help its Azure cloud operation to become a serious cloud-based AI computing provider. This is important to Microsoft Azure in the enterprise world, but especially the mobile one. AI-driven user experiences and applications, from personal digital assistants to extreme context awareness, are helping to define the next generation of Internet interaction, and increasingly, this takes place…

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