LG has Developed A Chip For Smart Home Products

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The Korea based company said that the new AI processor with LG Neural Engine has been designed for use in various products including robot vacuum cleaners, washing machines and refrigerators

As part of a strategy aimed to accelerate the development of AI devices for the home, LG has developed its own artificial intelligence chip (AI Chip) with proprietary LG Neural Engine. LG said that the chip helps better mimic the neural network of the human brain to greatly improve the processing of deep learning algorithms.

To recall, LG, in February 2019, had said that it was anticipating a surge in demand of smart home appliances. Song Dae-hyun, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance and Air Solution Company had said, “Our aggressive strategy and drive for excellence will bring voice-enabled AI to more homes this year than any other manufacturer and this is something we are immensely proud of.”

The Korea-based ACE company had also said that it was expecting two dozen markets to be on board by the start of the second quarter. LG’s current lineup of smart home appliances includes washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners and air purifiers.

Development of the chip

The AI Chip, as per LG incorporates visual intelligence to better recognize and distinguish space, location, objects and users while voice intelligence accurately recognizes voice and noise characteristics while product intelligence enhances the capabilities of the device by detecting physical and chemical changes in the environment. The chip also makes it possible to implement customized AI services by processing and learning from video and audio data in order to enhance recognition of the user’s emotions and behaviors and the situational context.

Company’s official statement read, “LG’s AI Chip is designed to enhance the recognition performance in the products it powers such as an advanced image recognition engine for simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM). For example, its powerful image processing function corrects for distortion caused by wide angle lenses and generates brighter and clearer images in dark environments. LG Electronics plans to include the new AI Chip in future robot vacuum cleaners, washing machines, refrigerator and even air conditioners. In addition, LG will expand the reach of its artificial intelligence solutions through collaborations with outside companies, universities and research laboratories.”

I.P. Park, president and CTO of LG Electronics, “Our AI C​hip is designed to provide optimized artificial intelligence solutions for future LG products. This will further enhance the three key pillars of our artificial intelligence strategy – evolve, connect and open – and provide customers with an improved experience for a better life.”

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