Ping-Tou-Ge combines Damo Academy’s chip business with Alibaba’s recently acquired chipmaker C-Sky Microsystems, an integrated circuit design company dedicated to 32-bit, high-performance and low-power embedded CPUs. Ping-Tou-Ge will operate independently in the development of its embedded chip series CK902 and its neural network chip Ali-NPU.
The Ali-NPU chip is designed for AI inferencing in the field of image processing, machine learning, etc. It is expected to be some 40 times more cost-effective than conventional chips, perform 10 times better than mainstream CPU and GPU architecture AI chips now on the market, and cut power and manufacturing costs in half. Said company CTO Jeff Zhang, “Alibaba will produce the world’s most advanced neural network chips by the middle of next year.”
Upcoming quantum computing chip
Zhang also unveiled an ambitious timeline for Alibaba Cloud’s quantum technology development, pledging to produce a quantum computing chip in the next two to three years.
The Aliyun (Alibaba Cloud) Quantum Laboratory (AQL)’s Tai Zhang quantum circuit simulator has successfully simulated 81 (9×9) qubits with 40 layers on the benchmark Google Random Quantum Circuit, surpassing the previous best of 49 qubits achieved by a powerful Google quantum circuit simulator at the same 40 layer depth. Tai Zhang can simulate quantum circuits of size 8x8x40 in 2 minutes using just a small portion (~14%) of the cluster, eclipsing previous supercomputer capabilities.