Intel Unveils Gaudi 3 Chip Challenging Nvidia’s AI Dominance

Intel has announced of artificial intelligence chip, Gaudi 3, at the Vision event on Tuesday. This unveiling signals Intel’s move to rival Nvidia’s  dominance in AI-powered semiconductors.
Intel Gaudi 3 AI acceleratorIntel’s unveiling of the Gaudi 3 chip responds to the escalating demand for scarce AI chips within the tech sphere. The AI chip boasts impressive capabilities, demonstrating a 50 percent faster training speed for large language models compared to Nvidia’s previous H100 processor.

Moreover, it excels in computing generative AI responses, known as inference, outpacing Nvidia’s H100 chips in certain model tests.

Among the notable OEM adopters that will bring Gaudi 3 to market are Dell Technologies, HPE, Lenovo and Supermicro. General availability of Intel Gaudi 3 accelerators is anticipated for the third quarter of 2024, and the Intel Gaudi 3 PCIe add-in card is anticipated to be available in the last quarter of 2024.

Jeni Barovian, Vice President of Strategy and Product Management at Intel, emphasized the significance of customer choice in the industry. She stated, “Our customers…are looking for an open approach.”

Both Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) have grappled with creating competitive chip-and-software bundles for AI applications, aiming to present a viable alternative to Nvidia. Nvidia currently commands approximately 83 percent of the data center chip market, with Google’s custom tensor processing units (TPUs) holding a significant portion of the remaining share, Reuters news report said.

Intel utilized Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co’s (TSMC) 5nm process for manufacturing the Gaudi 3 chips. This latest iteration comprises two primary processor chips fused together, exhibiting over double the speed of its predecessor. The chip is designed for scalability, capable of being integrated with thousands of others to generate substantial computing power.

The Gaudi 3 chip is slated to be available for server builders like Supermicro and Hewlett Packard Enterprise in the second quarter of this year. Additionally, Intel hints at further advancements with the next generation of Gaudi chips, codenamed Falcon Shores.

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