[News] Meta Reportedly Unveils Next-Generation In-House AI Chip, Using TSMC 5nm Process

2024-04-11 Semiconductors editor

Meta Platform, parent company of Facebook, has announced its latest generation AI chip of its Training and Inference Accelerator (MTIA) on April 10th, fabricated using TSMC’s 5nm process. According to a report from Commercial Times, this move is expected to reduce Meta’s reliance on NVIDIA’s chips and enhance computational power for AI services.

In its shift towards AI services, Meta requires greater computational capabilities. Thus, last year, Meta introduced its AI models to compete with OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The latest AI chip, Artemis, is an upgraded version of MTIA introduced last year, assisting platforms like Facebook and Instagram with content ranking and recommendations.

Meta’s new generation AI chip will be produced by TSMC using the 5nm process. Meta reveals that Artemis offers triple the performance of the first-generation MTIA.

In October last year, Meta announced plans to invest USD 35 billion to establish infrastructure supporting AI, including data centers and hardware. CEO Mark Zuckerberg told investors, “In terms of investment priorities, AI will be our biggest investment area in 2024 for both engineering and compute resources.”

Meta’s proprietary AI chips are deployed in data centers to power AI applications. Meta has several ongoing projects aimed at expanding MTIA’s application scope, including supporting generative AI workloads.

The trend of tech giants developing their own AI chips is evident, with Meta joining competitors like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google in internal AI chip development to reduce reliance on NVIDIA. Google recently unveiled its latest data center AI chip, TPU v5p, on the 9th. Meanwhile, Intel is targeting NVIDIA’s H100 with its new AI chip, Gaudi 3.

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Please note that this article cites information from Commercial Times.