Baidu Releases New AI Chip In Its Annual Event ‘Create 2018’

Baidu’s Senior Vice President and Head of AI group speaking on the occasion of Baidu Create 2018 in Beijing (Image courtesy: Baidu)

China’s largest internet search giant Baidu released a new AI chip called ‘Kunlun’ in its second annual developer conference Baidu Create 2018. This marks the company’s latest venture into AI on top of FPGAs, cameras and other related technologies. With the chip, Baidu aims to provides an exclusive hardware for machine learning applications.

Baidu touts Kunlun to be ‘China’s first cloud-to-edge AI chip’, that plans to meet the demand of performance-intensive requirements in AI applications. Kunlun is said to be 30 times powerful than the company’s current FPGA chips, and is meant to provide superior capabilities.

The company is aggressively spending more on AI research in order to compete with top rivals Google, Amazon and Microsoft in the AI space. During the developer conference, Robin Li, Baidu’s founder and present CEO, said, “Over the past seven or eight years, Baidu was spending every year around 15% of its annual revenue on R&D of AI technologies”

AIM Daily XO

Join our editors every weekday evening as they steer you through the most significant news of the day, introduce you to fresh perspectives, and provide unexpected moments of joy
Your newsletter subscriptions are subject to AIM Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions.

This latest addition in hardware technology will reinforce Baidu’s plans to reinforce its self-driving vehicles slated to release in Japan. Dubbed as ‘Apolong’, It will also help China’s relentless pursuit towards implementing a full-fledged AI infrastructure in the country. “2018 marks the first year of commercialisation for autonomous driving.In the past, China exported cheap commodities to the world. In the future, China will export AI technology to the world.” says Li.

Just like Google Brain, Baidu also has its own platform for AI research and development, where it is rigorously tapping into subfields of ML such as deep learning, computer vision, natural language processing, among others. In addition, the tools and publications brought out by the Baidu research team are made accessible to public so that AI developments are made aware among them.

Download our Mobile App

With more and more investments pooling into Chinese firms and advancements in technologies such as AI, China has cemented its position as an AI force to reckon with.

Sign up for The Deep Learning Podcast

by Vijayalakshmi Anandan

The Deep Learning Curve is a technology-based podcast hosted by Vijayalakshmi Anandan - Video Presenter and Podcaster at Analytics India Magazine. This podcast is the narrator's journey of curiosity and discovery in the world of technology.

Abhishek Sharma
I research and cover latest happenings in data science. My fervent interests are in latest technology and humor/comedy (an odd combination!). When I'm not busy reading on these subjects, you'll find me watching movies or playing badminton.

Our Upcoming Events

24th Mar, 2023 | Webinar
Women-in-Tech: Are you ready for the Techade

27-28th Apr, 2023 I Bangalore
Data Engineering Summit (DES) 2023

23 Jun, 2023 | Bangalore
MachineCon India 2023 [AI100 Awards]

21 Jul, 2023 | New York
MachineCon USA 2023 [AI100 Awards]

3 Ways to Join our Community

Telegram group

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Discord Server

Stay Connected with a larger ecosystem of data science and ML Professionals

Subscribe to our Daily newsletter

Get our daily awesome stories & videos in your inbox

Council Post: From Promise to Peril: The Pros and Cons of Generative AI

Most people associate ‘Generative AI’ with some type of end-of-the-world scenario. In actuality, generative AI exists to facilitate your work rather than to replace it. Its applications are showing up more frequently in daily life. There is probably a method to incorporate generative AI into your work, regardless of whether you operate as a marketer, programmer, designer, or business owner.