Reply to post: @Steve Channell Re: Tech-Porn is not news

Revealed: Blueprints to Google's AI FPU aka the Tensor Processing Unit

Ian Michael Gumby
WTF?

@Steve Channell Re: Tech-Porn is not news

Sorry, I have to give you a WTF? icon.

Google designed the chips to give them a competitive advantage. There is no incentive of them to license the chips.

At the same time, these are custom built, purpose built chips. Even if they were to market it and license it, is there enough of a potential customer base to justify the costs?

The real significance to this story is that there is a shift towards custom built components and configurations when it can give you a competitive advantage. While COTS will keep costs down, the business value, reduction in operating costs... custom makes sense.

This isn't tech-porn. Its showing a disruptive shift in thinking.

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