LG Develops its Own AI Chip to Give Boost to Smart Home Business

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LG’s new AI chip is integrated with visual intelligence to better identify and distinguish space, objects, location and users

LG Electronics, South Korean multinational electronics company, announced that it has developed its own artificial intelligence (AI) chip to give a push on its smart home business.

The new chip is equipped with proprietary LG Neural Engine in order to enhance deep learning algorithms used in company’s future smart home devices. These devices include robot vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, washing machines and air conditioners.

The AI chip does not require an internet connection due to its on-device processing. It uses a separate hardware-implemented security zone for storing personal data. Besides, it employs a strong security engine to protect the personal data from outside hacking.

Intelligent features

“The new chip is integrated with visual intelligence to better identify and distinguish space, objects, location and users. The voice intelligence feature accurately recognises noise and voice characteristics whereas product intelligence improves the device capabilities by detecting chemical and physical changes in the environment,” the company said in a statement.

In addition, the chip makes it possible to deploy tailored AI solutions by processing and learning from audio and video data to improve detection of the user’s behaviours and emotions and the situational context.

Commenting on the development, IP Park, President and CTO, LG Electronics, said, “Our AI Chip is designed to provide optimised AI solutions for future LG products. This will further enhance the three key pillars of our AI strategy – evolve, connect and open – and provide customers with an improved experience for a better life.”

LG’s home appliance division recently recorded its highest ever sales and profit in a quarter. Despite a slow growth in its mobile division, the company posted a yearly profit of US$ 2.4 billion in 2018 with standout results for its home entertainment units and home appliance — two key areas of focus for AI.

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