DeepEdge10: An Affordable Artificial Intelligence Box From A Chinese Tech Company?

TECH NEWS – Intellifusion, a Chinese tech company, has launched an AI-enabled box that offers affordable artificial intelligence solutions while leaving the door wide open for hardware upgrades.

 

With US sanctions on China for chips at their peak, the country has no choice but to strengthen its own domestic tech sector. After processors and graphics cards, artificial intelligence is now on the same path. AI has taken a big step forward in the Asian country, thanks to developments by Huawei, for example. A new company, Intellifusion, has also entered the race with its DeepEye AI box, which features its own chip, the DeepEdge10 Max. The SoC (system-on-a-chip) is a 14-nanometer process (processors were on that a decade ago!), has a chiplet configuration, uses a D2D interface and RISC-V architecture.

The first machines will be built with the DeepEdge10 Max chip, and its performance is capable of 48 TOPS MI computations with INT8 training performance. The next version will be released sometime in the first half of 2025 and will feature a more powerful chip, the DeepEdge10 Ultra, which will have 96 TOPS computing power. There will also be a weaker hardware: in a few months, this version will also arrive with the DeepEdge10 Pro chip and 24 TOPS computing power.

Intellifusion has been working with local governments on various civic welfare projects, mostly related to AI capabilities, and this is their first foray into the consumer market. Customers who need native resources may have been attracted by the aggressive pricing, as the first machines only cost around 1,000 yuan, or about $140. According to Intellifusion, they are offering a solution that is “90%” more competitive than the mostly GPU-based and therefore more expensive alternatives. Their products are aimed at entry-level and mid-level business users.

However, it should also be remembered that computing performance can be whatever they say it is on paper, it should be demonstrated in practice, because if the performance ends up being a fraction of what is promised, users will tend to choose the more expensive alternatives.

Source: WCCFTech, MyDrivers

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