Google Announces Chip for Machine Learning and IoT on the Edge

Google recently announced a new application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC): Edge TPU, a chip designed for artificial intelligence and Internet of things (IoT) processing taking place "on the edge."

Time-sensitiveIot) projects.and large machine learning and training projects often need the beneifts that real-time edge coputing cam provide: increased performance and the ability bypass bottlenecks by having the processing take place as close to where the data is stored as possible, instead of first moving the data to, for example, a centralized cloud location. Edge computing is often seen as an ideal solution for high-data projects with intense and time-sensitive processing.

According to Google, the Edge TPU's open nature complements a number of uses and architectures: "It augments Google's Cloud TPU and Cloud IoT to provide an end-to-end (cloud-to-edge, hardware + software) infrastructure."

"With the explosive growth of connected devices, combined with a demand for privacy/confidentiality, low latency and bandwidth constraints, AI models trained in the cloud increasingly need to be run at the edge," Google commented on the chip's announcement Web site. "It delivers high performance in a small physical and power footprint, enabling the deployment of high-accuracy AI at the edge."

Google noted that when Edge TPU is released (no date was given), it will be designed to work with the company's open source TensorFlow Lite and will be supported by its Cloud IoT Edge product.

Interested parties can request early access (currently underway) here.

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