Revolutionary AI Breakthrough Unveiled: Meet the Blackwell Chip – Twice as Fast, Half the Cost!

's CEO, Jensen Huang, unveiled the Blackwell chip, representing the next step in AI technology following the widely sought-after H100.

Named after David Blackwell, a renowned statistician and mathematician, the Blackwell chip boasts twice the speed of its predecessor, according to Huang's keynote at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in San Jose, .

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Huang emphasized its enhanced performance, mentioning it's now twice as fast as the Hopper and incorporates network computation, enabling tasks such as converting speech into 3D video.

With an impressive 208 billion transistors, the Blackwell chip surpasses the Hopper by 128 billion transistors. It promises five times the AI performance while reducing costs and energy consumption by up to 25 times compared to the Hopper.

Huang highlighted the chip's seamless integration of components, stating, “There's no memory locality issues, no cache issues — it's just one giant chip.” He expressed pride in overcoming perceived physical limitations during its development.

While the chip's price remains undisclosed, Huang humorously acknowledged its high cost during the presentation, referring to the functioning board as “quite expensive.” He emphasized the transformative potential of Blackwell GPUs, heralding a new era of computing and pledging collaboration with dynamic companies to democratize AI across industries.

The demand for Nvidia's chips has surged, with the H100 selling for over $40,000 each and tech giants like Mark Zuckerberg accumulating large quantities. Nvidia's fourth-quarter earnings reached $22.1 billion, reflecting this soaring demand. However, the company has encountered challenges in due to export controls, and competitors like , Microsoft, Google, and AMD are developing rival chips.

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