Microsoft Unveils Custom AI Chips, Paving the Way for Next-Gen Cloud Computing
Microsoft announces the launch of custom-designed AI chips, marking a significant stride in the realm of cloud computing and AI technologies.
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Microsoft announced on Wednesday the introduction of custom-designed chips and integrated systems specifically for artificial intelligence (AI). The tech giant unveiled the Microsoft Azure Maia AI Accelerator and the Microsoft Azure Cobalt CPU, both of which are set to revolutionize AI tasks and general-purpose compute workloads on the Microsoft Cloud.
The company described these chips as the final piece of the puzzle in their quest to deliver comprehensive infrastructure systems. These systems encompass a wide range of elements, from silicon choices and software to servers, racks, and cooling systems. They have been meticulously designed from the ground up, with the capacity to be optimized for both internal and customer workloads.
Microsoft plans to roll out these two chips in the early part of next year. Initially, they will be deployed in Microsoft’s datacenters, where they will power services such as Microsoft Copilot and Azure OpenAI Service.
Furthermore, these chips will be incorporated into products from industry partners. This integration is aimed at addressing the burgeoning demand for efficient, scalable, and sustainable compute power. It also caters to the needs of customers who are keen on utilizing the most recent advancements in cloud and AI technologies.
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