Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Amazon Reportedly Designing Its Own AI Chips

Amazon reportedly paid $90M for security camera company Blink Reports: Amazon Paid Camera Maker $90 Million for Chip Technology
Johnnie Parks | 15 February, 2018, 15:41

Amazon acquired Blink late past year, a maker of affordable, easy to use security cameras powered by AA batteries.

Amazon now has the lead in the smart speaker space, but in order to maintain this lead, the company has to remain on the bleeding edge of the tech innovation. In the short term, Amazon's assistant would be able to respond to many requests much faster than it now does. In addition, customers are required to confirm a purchase, which is automatically cancelled if they do not do so, the company said.

The proprietary chip design will make it harder for rival retailers to copy Amazon's devices, said Matt Crowley, chief executive of Vesper, a sensor and semiconductor company that makes microphones. The custom AI chip is expected to improve how the Alexa voice assistant works.

"Therefore we understood that it would not be possible for a purchase to be made without the account owner's knowledge, even in instances where technology, meant to stop ads interacting with devices, had not been effective". After an investigation, the ASA concluded that the advert was not socially irresponsible because of the technology in place to stop unwanted orders.

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Amazon was offering a 30 percent discount on the above prices to early adopters, but right now Amazon.in has all Echo products listed at their full prices. There are now more than 450 employees at Amazon who have a background in chipmaking.

As per a report by The Information, the chip would allow the Alexa-powered devices to process more data in lesser time and, in turn, enhance the user experience.

We can also expect Amazon's newer hardware efforts in future to support its online retail business.

The Echo, which now costs £74.99 for the standard version or £39.99 for the smaller "Dot" version, was one of the most popular Christmas presents past year.

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