Apple Neural Engine

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Apple Neural Engine is a component of the Apple A11 Bionic system on a chip. Apple claimed it would be used specifically for artificial intelligence-related tasks like Face ID, Animoji and Siri. Apple also stated it is capable of performing up to "600 billion operations per second" for real-time processing.[1][2][3][4]

The patent "Applying neural network language models to weighted finite state transducers for automatic speech recognition" is able to determine probabilities of candidate words corresponding to the speech input. Some report the Neural Engine will be used for speech recognition.[5]


In 2015, Bloomberg reported that Apple's secretive nature made it difficult to attract AI research scientists. Apple has since recruited people and multiple companies working on AI, and has published papers related to AI research.[2] In October 2016, Apple hired Russ Salakhutdinov as its director of AI research.[6]

See also[edit]

  • AI-accelerator


  1. "What to Expect From Apple's Neural Engine in the A11 Bionic SoC - ExtremeTech". ExtremeTech. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gurman, Mark (26 May 2017). "Apple Is Working on a Dedicated Chip to Power AI on Devices". Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  3. Gershgorn, Dave. "Everything you need to know about Apple's AI chip". Quartz. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  4. "iPhone X". Apple (Latin America). Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  5. "These 5 Recent Patents Give A Peek Into How Apple Is Much Ahead Of Its Competition In AI". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  6. "Apple's latest hire could signal a big shift in the company's approach to AI". Business Insider. Retrieved 12 October 2017.

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