Meta is venturing into the world of custom chip development with the announcement of its first-ever chip designed to run AI models. The tech giant is hoping to amplify its AI efforts and gain a competitive edge in the fast-growing machine learning market. The announcement comes shortly after Mark Zuckerberg disclosed the company’s ambition to introduce AI agents to billions of people.
Dubbed as the “Meta Training and Inference Accelerator” (MTIA), the chip is designed to cater to inference workloads. Inference involves using machine learning models to analyse and draw conclusions from data based on previously encountered patterns.
The company has announced that the MTIA chip will be a crucial tool for running complex machine-learning models more efficiently. The processor is expected to reduce the time required to run deep learning models by a significant margin, leading to faster and more accurate results.
Investment in custom chips has become increasingly imperative for tech giants aiming to capitalise on the rapid growth in AI applications. With more than 8 billion connected devices worldwide, the amount of data available for machine learning algorithms to learn and improve upon is growing at an exponential rate. As a result, there has been a parallel increase in demand for chips that efficiently run these algorithms.
By creating its custom-designed hardware, Meta joins an elite group of tech giants who are investing heavily in creating custom accelerators to run machine learning workloads. The move reflects the growing belief that dedicated silicon is the way forward in building efficient AI applications and a vital part of Meta’s metaverse.