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Report: Edge Computing for AI Will Drive Deep Learning Chipset Market to $66.3 Billion by 2025

According to a report released this week by research firm Tractica, the global market for deep learning chipsets will increase from its current size of $1.6 billion to $66.3 billion in 2026 -- or approximately 41 times its current size.

Edge computing (where, as Tractica puts it, "AI computation is done on the device") is expected to make up three-quarters of the total market opportunity, the company said in a summary of its report. The "balance" of the market will be in cloud and/or datacenter devices, but it cited mobile phones as a "major driver" of the edge market, along with industrial categories including "automotive, smart cameras, robots and drones."

According to Tractica, as for the actual chips, System on a Chip (SoC) accelerators will make up the largest area of that market in terms of volume, followed by application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs).

"In the past year, more than 60 companies of all sizes have announced some sort of deep learning chipset or intellectual property (IP) design," the summary of the report states. "Every prominent name in the technology industry has acknowledged the need for hardware acceleration of AI algorithms and the semiconductor industry has responded by offering a wide range of solutions."

"Tractica expects that 2019 and 2020 will be the years when a ramp-up in deep learning chipset volumes will take place and winners will begin to emerge," Principal Analyst Anand Joshi commented in a prepared statement.

More details on the report are available here.

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Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital projects at the company, including launching and running the group's popular virtual summit and Coffee talk series . She an experienced tech journalist (20 years), and before her current position, was the editorial director of the group's sites. A few years ago she gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web browser technology would impact online advertising for publishers. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.