LG announces its self-developed AI chip for smart home products


LG, the South Korean tech giant, has been planning to step in the business of home automation. However, it hadn’t made any direct announcement of its arrival, until now. The South Korean greats have announced its own artificial intelligence (AI) chip for smart home products. According to certain experts, this comes as the firm’s desperate effort to recover from its mobile division’s continued struggle. This move will see the company ditch chips that deliver AI or machine learning (ML) from established names like Intel, ARM and NVidia and even start-ups like Graphcore, Cerebras and Wave Computing.

LG’s AI chip

The AI chip, according to LG, has its own neural engine. The neural engine will speed up the deep-learning algorithms used in the company’s future smart home devices. The smart home products include robot vacuum cleaners, washing machines, refrigerators, and air conditioners. Since the chip has an on-device processing capability, it doesn’t require an internet connection to work. It also features “a separate hardware-implemented security zone” to store personal data.

LG stated in an announcement that; “The AI Chip 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.”

LG Plans on becoming an AI giant, too

The Korean giant also joins other companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Apple which are all reported to be working on AI and ML chipsets for specific purposes. In LG’s case, its solution is customized for smarter home devices and we don’t need to look further than the books to find out why. The company’s home appliance unit recorded its highest quarter of sales and profit to date this last quarter. Last year’s annual profit of $2.4 billion saw some amazing results for its home appliance and home entertainment units. These are two core areas of focus for AI.