Samsung is joining Apple and Huawei in developing AI-centric CPU cores for its upcoming processors. The new Exynos chips will supposedly be able to process data from AI directly on the smartphone without offloading it to the cloud.
Set to be commercialised in the next couple of years, the new AI co-processor will reduce cloud-base processing dependency by instead processing the data in the smartphone itself. Today’s AI tasks (voice recognition, big data processing) are offloaded to the cloud, and then retrieved when needed by the users.
This will be very useful as Samsung’s Bixby is still in the early days of developing into a proper smart assistant.
As one of the major semiconductor manufacturer, Samsung is well equipped to start developing the co-processor. This will contribute to a 3% global revenue growth that semiconductor manufacturers are expected to see from 2018 until 2022 according to market intelligence firm TrendForce.
With AI Processing becoming a fast growing trend among OEMs, having a leg’s up in the game will benefit Samsung to differentiate it from the other manufacturers in the market.