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NVIDIA and Foxconn partner to build AI-powered data centres

Written by Tue 24 Oct 2023

Foxconn Chairman Liu Young-way and Nvidia Corp CEO Jensen Huang speak during Foxconn's annual Tech Day in Taipei, Taiwan October 18, 2023. REUTERS/Ann Wang

Chip manufacturer NVIDIA and Foxconn (also known as Hon Tai Technology Group) have entered into a collaboration to build AI-powered data centres.

The electronic product manufacturer, Foxconn, will incorporate NVIDIA’s chips into its infrastructure to build a new type of data centre.

These data centres will be specifically designed to support a range of applications, including the digitisation of manufacturing and inspection workflows, development of AI powered electric vehicle and robotics platform, and development of language-based generative AI services.

NVIDIA’s chip technology will enable Foxconn to create AI-enhanced factories, streamlining workflows and facilitating AI training and simulations. This approach is expected to lead to operational efficiency gains, reducing time and costs.

Examples of useful AI and simulation advancements in the industry include industrial robots that are capable of assembling components, applying coatings, packaging, and performing quality inspections.

“A new type of manufacturing has emerged — the production of intelligence. And the data centres that produce it are AI factories … Foxconn, the world’s largest manufacturer, has the expertise and scale to build AI factories globally,” said Jensen Huang, CEO and Founder of NVIDIA.

The AI factories developed by Foxconn will use high-performance NVIDIA GPU infrastructure, including hardware like the GH200 Grace Hopper Superchip and software tools to support the processing and transformation of data into AI models and tokens.

“NVIDIA and Foxconn are building these factories together. We will be helping the whole industry move much faster into the new AI era,” said Young Liu, Chairman and CEO at Foxconn.

As part of the collaboration, Foxconn will develop smart electric vehicles using NVIDIA DRIVE Hyperion 9 platform, as well as smart manufacturing and smart city solutions.

NVIDIA became the first chip manufacturer to reach a £822 billion ($1 trillion) valuation in June. The company’s CEO, Huang, credited the company’s success and sales projections to simultaneous transitions in accelerated computing and generative AI.

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Written by Tue 24 Oct 2023

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