LG Electronics Inc. has developed its own artificial intelligence (AI) chip applicable to various household appliances. The company is looking to expand its business portfolio to include electronic components for autonomous cars.
LG Electronics said its AI chip can be used for various products, such as robot vacuum cleaners, washing machines, refrigerators and air conditioners. The tech giant said its AI chip is equipped with the LG Neural Engine, which is an AI processor that imitates the human brain neural network and features significant improvement in the processing performance of deep learning algorithms.
A company official said, “The fact that we can use our own AI chip means that we are now able to strengthen our product competitiveness and go a step ahead in the AI competition.”
The chip features “image intelligence” that can recognize space, location, objects and users; “voice intelligence” that can recognize the characteristics of a user’s voice or noise; and “product intelligence” that strengthens a product’s original functions by detecting physical and chemical changes. It deep learning ability processes video and audio data to provide tailored AI services for customers.
In particular, the chip is capable of performing on-device functions with which it can learn and infer on its own even when there is no network connection and protecting personal information. Unlike other AI chips placed in external cloud or servers for deep learning, the new chip can be installed inside products for an increase in speed and efficiency, LG Electronics said.
In addition, it has a strong security engine to protect personal information and to fend off cyberattacks. The chip physically protects the security by performing a task which does not need the security in a general area inside and a task which needs the security in a separate security area realized as hardware.
Other features include the ability to correct the distortion of wide-angle lenses and to obtain bright and clear images even in dark places and to tridimensionally recognize space and create a map.
A foreign foundry company will be commissioned to produce the AI chip and LG Electronics will roll out robot vacuum cleaners, washing machines, refrigerators and air conditioners embedded with the chip in the near future.
The company said it will continue cooperation with other companies, universities and research institutes to bring more AI solutions to the market. LG Electronics is expected to expand its business areas in a number of different ways, including semiconductor ship for driverless cars and smart buildings.