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LG unveils its own AI chip

LG has unveiled its own microprocessor specifically designed for artificial intelligence.

The company says the new chip is part of its strategy to accelerate the development of AI devices for the home.

LG’s own AI chip contains the proprietary LG Neural Engine to “better mimic the neural network of the human brain” in order to greatly improve the processing of deep learning algorithms.

LG says its AI Chip incorporates visual intelligence to better recognize and distinguish space, location, objects and users while voice intelligence accurately recognizes voice and noise characteristics while product intelligence enhances the capabilities of the device by detecting physical and chemical changes in the environment.

The chip also makes it possible to implement customized AI services by processing and learning from video and audio data in order to enhance recognition of the user’s emotions and behaviors and the situational context.

Products utilizing the LG AI Chip take advantage of the On-Device AI to operate even without a network connection.

Additionally, LG says its AI Chip employs a “powerful security engine to better protect personal data from external hacking”.

Processing which does not require high security is designed to run in a general zone and jobs that require higher security run in a separate hardware-implemented security zone, says LG.

LG’s AI Chip is designed to enhance the recognition performance in the products it powers such as an advanced image recognition engine for simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), which is used by devices such as robotic vacuum cleaners to navigate and maneuver.

LG says the AI chip’s “powerful image processing function” corrects for distortion caused by wide-angle lenses and generates brighter and clearer images in dark environments.

LG Electronics plans to include the new AI Chip in future robot vacuum cleaners, washing machines, refrigerator and even air conditioners.

In addition, LG will expand the reach of its artificial intelligence solutions through collaborations with outside companies, universities and research laboratories.

I.P. Park, president and CTO of LG Electronics, says: “Our AI C​hip is designed to provide optimized artificial intelligence solutions for future LG products.

“This will further enhance the three key pillars of our artificial intelligence strategy – evolve, connect and open – and provide customers with an improved experience for a better life.”