According to Forbes, Intel will cut off the NNP-T series from its Nervana company. This series is an AI chip launched in August last year, mainly for AI training, using TSMC 16nm process production.
As the world's most comprehensive AI chip company, in order not to be distracted by too many AI chip product lines, after acquiring Habana for $ 2 billion in December last year, Intel intentionally cut off some AI chips.
According to reports, in addition to the high-performance AI training of Habana's AI chips, the reason why the Nervana NNP-T series was discontinued is estimated to be related to the high cost of Nervana NNP-T and TSMC's foundry. In fact, Intel and TSMC have been competing and cooperating in wafer foundry in recent years. From the perspective of Intel's emphasis on AI chips, it is reasonable to reduce its AI chip's dependence on TSMC.
According to the report, there are several reasons for cutting off the Nervana NNP-T series. In addition to the reasons related to Habana, it is also related to the high cost of the NNP-T series and the foundry provider. In fact, Intel and TSMC have been competing and cooperating in wafer foundry in recent years. At present, Intel attaches great importance to its AI chips, and it is reasonable to reduce its AI chip's dependence on TSMC in production.