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Intel introduces its first Artificial intelligence chip ‘Springhill’

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JERUSALEM: At HotChips 2019, Intel was all about AI and one of the major announcements at the event was its first artificial intelligence chip ‘Springhill‘.
The processor has been designed for large data centers and is based on the company’s 10nm process technology. The official name of the chip is NN-I and is developed at Intel’s development center in Haifa, Israel.

Facebook, it said, already has started using the product.

Springhill is Intel’s first AI product after it invested in Habana Labs and NeuroBlade — two Israel-based AI startups. The chip will help Intel Xeon processors in large data centers where complex computations are required in the field of AI. The AI chip will offer the best in class performance/power efficiency (4.8 TOPs/W) for major data center workloads and boasts 5x power scaling for the performance boost.

Intel said its first AI product comes after it had invested in Israeli AI startups, including Habana Labs and NeuroBlade.
“In order to reach a future situation of ‘AI everywhere’, we have to deal with huge amounts of data generated and make sure organisations are equipped with what they need to make effective use of the data and process them where they are collected,” said Naveen Rao, general manager of Intel’s artificial intelligence products group.

It will achieve a high degree of programmability without compromising performance/power efficiency because of on-die Intel Architecture cores.
Springhill offers a comprehensive set of RAS features to ensure that it can be easily deployed in the existing data centers.

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Mi Band 3i with 2 monochrome display launched in India

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Xiaomi has launched the successor of the Mi Band HRX today — Mi Smart Band 3i. Xiaomi’s new wearable follows the popular Mi Band 4 and is available for pre-order starting today via mi.com

The Mi Band 3i brings in some key upgrades. The Mi Band 3i comes in a single Black colour set and it also comes with a 0.78 inch screen at 128 x 80 pixels. The screen is also a monochrome White AMOLED display with 300 nits of brightness and a capacitive touch panel. It also comes equipped with a 110mAh li-polymer battery. Xiaomi claims that this battery will power the Mi Band 3i for up to 20 days. The Mi Band 3i comes with support for Bluetooth v4.2 and is compatible with phones running on Android 4.4 and iOS 9.0 and above. The strap is said to be manufactured using TPU material, and the Mi Band 3i is also listed as 5ATM water resistant certified.

Talking about fitness features, it can track number of steps taken, distance walked, calories burned and more. You can also see app notifications right on the band’s display. These include WhatsApp, Instagram, Text Messages, and incoming call alerts. There is a new “Find Device” option which lets you find the smartphone that is paired with the band. The Mi Band 3i also comes with 5ATM (50 meters) certification for water and dust resistance. Sadly, there is no support for heart rate monitoring.

The new fitness band from Xiaomi will be available for Rs 1,299. You can pre-order it from the company website, and shipping starts from December 10.

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