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Intel intends to make big moves in the market for AI-powered enterprise software, creating a new platform company with the backing of DigitalBridge, a Boca Raton, Florida-based asset manager and investor.
Called Articul8 AI (a weird abbreviation of “Articulate AI”), the new unit follows a proof-of-concept build from Intel’s collaboration with Boston Consulting Group (BCG) early last May. Reuters reports that Intel, using its own hardware and a combination of open source and internally sourced software, has created a generative AI system that can read text and images – to address BCG’s security needs. Running inside data centers.
The system was developed within Intel over the course of two years. But according to CRN, it was recently improved for BCG’s specific uses.
Initially, BCG was the sole go-to-market supplier and customer of the system. However, over the past few months, Intel has worked to scale the platform – which is optimized for Intel hardware but supports alternatives – to companies in financial services, aerospace, semiconductor, telecommunications and other industries that need ” “Requires a high level of security and specialized domain knowledge,” according to an Intel spokesperson.
“Artikul8’s Zen AI software product was built to meet the needs of enterprises and is optimized for deployment speed, scalability, security and stability, including cost,” the spokesperson told TechCrunch via email. “The Artikul8 platform provides AI capabilities that keep customer data, training and inference within the enterprise security perimeter. The platform also offers customers the option of cloud, on-prem or hybrid deployment.
Arun Subramanian, who was previously VP and GM in Intel’s Data Center and AI group, will become CEO of the spinout. The rest of the Articul8 team will also include ex-Intel employees, and Intel will retain an undisclosed stake in the firm.
Beyond Intel and DigitalBridge, which is publicly traded and a major investor in data centers, Articul8 investors include Fin Capital, Mindset Ventures, Communitas Capital, GiantLeap Capital, GS Futures and Zain Group.
“Intel and Artikul8 will remain strategically aligned and Intel will be able to leverage Artikul8’s Enterprise Gen AI software for internal use cases as well as market it to end customers as part of the joint go-to-market partnership,” the spokesperson said. “Planning to present.” “This collaboration will drive consumption of Intel compute offerings [and] “Intel will continue to leverage Article8’s AI domain knowledge and expertise as Intel expands its presence in the generative AI market.”
Reuters says Intel’s move to launch Articul8 is its latest effort to seek outside capital for business units. The chip maker spun off car chip firm Mobileye, sold its memory chip division and intends to have an eventual initial public offering of its programmable chip unit.
The spinout is part of Intel’s strategy to raise capital for CEO Pat Gelsinger’s return plan, which includes building new chip factories in the US and Europe, as well as introducing new advanced chip manufacturing nodes within the next four years. In particular, Articul8 fits into Gelsinger’s plans to deliver new software products and services – including GenAI-powered products – that compete with competitors like Nvidia and AMD and Intel hardware for a number of applications. Make it more attractive.