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British chip designer ARM is the latest firm to prime the AI pump with specialized hardware, unveiling two new processor designs today that it promises will deliver “a transformational amount of compute capability” for companies building machine learning-powered gadgets. The designs are for the ARM Machine Learning (ML) Processor, which will speed up general AI applications from machine translation to facial recognition; and the ARM Objection Detection (OD) Processor, a second-generation design optimized for processing visual data and detecting people and objects. The OD processor is expected to be available to industry customers at the end of this month, while the ML processor design will be available sometime in the middle of the year. Full story

13 February