Intel on Tuesday announced that it will acquire deep learning start-up companiesNervana SystemsThereby to enhance the role of artificial intelligence solutions within the company. According to technology blog RecodeReport Intel's purchase price of more than 350 million US dollars. Over the past few weeks, Intel in the technology M & A market was very active manner.
Nervana CEO and co-founder Nawei En & middot; Rao (Naveen Rao) inBlog post He wrote that the company will continue to advance and depth of learning architectures, platforms, and hardware-related items. After completion of the acquisition, the company's 48 employees will all join the Intel Data Center Group (Data Center Group).
Intel executive vice president and general manager Data Center Group, Diane & middot; Bryant (Diane Bryant) inBlog post He said: & ldquo; Nervana Systems in enhancing deep learning algorithm aspects of IP and technical expertise, will enhance Intel's capability in the field of artificial intelligence. We will make full use of the software development capabilities Nervana Systems, and further optimize the Intel Math Library (Math Kernel Library) and its integration with industry-standard architecture. & Rdquo;
In addition, Bryant also pointed out that, Nervana Systems Technical & ldquo; will help promote the development of Intel's portfolio of artificial intelligence work, while improving the depth of learning technical performance Intel Xeon and Xeon Phi processors and the total cost of ownership (TCO ). & Rdquo;
Nervana Systems is headquartered in San Diego, has been established for two years, currently total nearly $ 25 million financing, investors including DFJ, Data Collective, Fuel Capital, Lux Capital and Allen & amp; Co and other companies. The company since hardware-based artificial intelligence solutions and early access to outside attention, and later began to focus on the development aims to train the neural network (neural net) technology.
A round of financing in the implementation of Nervana Systems, Data Collective is the lead investor side, and the managing partner Matt & middot; Bioko (Matt Ocko) full participation in the deal. He is very optimistic about the future potential of Nervana Systems.
Aucoin said: & ldquo; the implementation of the acquisition of Intel's processor does not let in on energy efficiency and computing speed of more than Nvidia. Intel's acquisition is intended to help potential customers to its sales system, and even supercomputers, these customers want to win in the competition with Facebook, Google, Baidu, or Microsoft's. & Rdquo;
Aucoin believes that in addition to continue to do anything they want in the field of artificial intelligence, to become a valuation of up to & ldquo; billions of dollars & rdquo; the company's outside, Nervana Systems future does not seem very good way, but Intel's scale and brand influence you can give Nervana Systems provides a shortcut to make it as fast as their technologies to consumers.
Aucoin said: & ldquo; this kind of thing is like a freight train. Nervana Systems founder hopes to speed as quickly as possible, so that as many people to experience their technology, Intel appears in a timely manner, said Come with us, we'll give you the world's best semiconductor processing technology, our also the largest scale, you will get unlimited budget support, marketing and customer support, and so on. Under these conditions, nobody will say no to Intel. & Rdquo;
Translation: Hao Yue