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LG develops AI chip that improves machine learning

LG Electronics Inc. said May 17 that it developed an artificial intelligence chip that better imitates how the human brain works, improving learning for the company's devices that use the technology.

The South Korean consumer electronics producer said the new processor is equipped with its proprietary LG Neural Engine that will incorporate visual, voice and product intelligence in future products, such as robot vacuum cleaners, washing machines, refrigerator and air conditioners.

Products using the AI chip will better recognize and distinguish space, location, objects and users, voice and noise characteristics, as well as detect changes in the physical and chemical makeup of its environment.

The technology, which can operate without a network connection, will also enable machines to make customized services by learning from video and audio data, enhancing recognition of a user's emotions and behaviors, as well as potential situations.

In addition to improving the performance of the products it powers, the chip also secures personal data from external hacking.

LG plans to forge collaborations with companies, universities and research laboratories in order to expand the reach of its AI solutions.