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Microsoft Unveils Its First AI Cloud Chips

Software giant seeks to reduce dependence on outside suppliers in two key growth areas.

Microsoft Corp. unveiled its first homegrown artificial intelligence chip and cloud-computing processor in an attempt to take more control of its technology and ramp up its offerings in the increasingly competitive market for AI computing

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The company also announced new software that lets clients design their own AI assistants.

The Maia 100 chip, announced at the company’s annual Ignite conference in Seattle on Wednesday, will provide Microsoft Azure cloud customers with a new way to develop and run AI programs that generate content. Microsoft is already testing the chip with its Bing and Office AI products, said Rani Borkar, a vice president who oversees Azure’s chip unit.

Microsoft’s main AI partner, ChatGPT maker OpenAI, is also testing the processor. Both Maia and the server chip, Cobalt, will debut in some Microsoft data centers early next year.

Source: Bloomberg
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