Microsoft Announces Azure Maia 100 and Cobalt 100 AI Custom Chips

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By AI Sam

Nov 16, 2023

The artificial intelligence (AI) chip market, central to the growth of generative AI, is on an upward trajectory. By 2032, it is forecast to reach a value of $383.7 billion, fuelled by demand across a spectrum of industries including healthcare, autonomous vehicles, and language-related AI applications. Specialised integrated circuits or 'AI chips' are critical for executing AI tasks efficienctly. 📈

Recently, Microsoft Azure has unveiled two in-house chips - Azure Maia AI Accelerator and Azure Cobalt CPU. These offerings cater to the burgeoning demand for AI and cloud computing infrastructure, contributing to AI's market momentum. 💻

The Azure Maia 100 AI Accelerator, a product of a collaborative effort with OpenAI, is designed with a singular purpose - to facilitate large language model training in the Microsoft Cloud. Conversely, the Cobalt 100 CPU, embedded with Arm architecture, is optimised for efficiency and performance in cloud-native applications. 🚀

These chips represent a strategic shift towards optimisation of infrastructure at every level, offering customers increased flexibility in choice. Additionally, this move could help diversify the chip supply chain, potentially increasing industry resilience.🔍

To enhance cooling efficiency and optimise data centre server capacity, Microsoft is implementing liquid cooling mechanisms for these high-performance chips. This implementation forms part of Microsoft's broader efforts to reduce environmental impact while simultaneously improving operational efficiency.🌿

Sources:

"Generative AI: What Is It, Tools, Models, Applications and Use Cases"

"Artificial Intelligence Chip Market Size, Share, Growth 2032"

"With a systems approach to chips, Microsoft aims to tailor everything ‘from silicon to service’ to meet AI demand"

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