SK Telecom designs own AI data centre chip for 5G applications IT

South Korean mobile operator SK Telecom has detailed a new AI chip that will boost the performance of cloud-based mobile services and aid the country’s ambition of becoming a world leader in semiconductor technology.

The ‘Sapeon X220’ is designed to process AI tasks faster while using less power than a conventional GPU. SKT says the chip’s deep computational speed is 6.7 kilo frames per second – 1.5 times more rapid than GPUs currently used – while it also uses 20% less power and is half the price.