2021 Annual Petri Reader Survey - We want to know what's important to you! 2021 Annual Petri Reader Survey - We want to know what's important to you!

Microsoft's Bringing AI To HoloLens v.Next with Custom Silicon

A few months back, I was able to uncover the fact that Microsoft had canceled its upcoming Hololens 2 release as the company shifted its attention to a truly next generation release. Today, the company revealed that they are building a new, custom fabricated chip, for the next generation device that will bring AI from the cloud down to the local device.

The second generation of the company’s Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) will include an AI coprocessor that will include support for Deep Neural Networks. The reason for the need for a new type of HPU is that offloading intensive tasks to the cloud results in an unacceptable amount of latency when working with objects in real-time which means to solve this problem, Microsoft needs to bring ‘AI’ processing directly to the HoloLens.

Microsoft has taken a keen interest in designing its own chips, the company has previously architected its own silicon with Kinect, field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) and of course, the first HPU. And considering the company is investing heavily in AI, it’s not all that surprising to see them building out new silicon that is designed specifically for this task as its use-case reaches far beyond the Hololens headset.

Microsoft isnt saying when the next generation Hololens will be available for everyone but insiders have told me to expect 2018 at the earliest with a more likely goal of 2019 for broad availability.

Related Topics:


Don't have a login but want to join the conversation? Sign up for a Petri Account

Comments (0)

Leave a Reply

Brad Sams has more than a decade of writing and publishing experience under his belt including helping to establish new and seasoned publications From breaking news about upcoming Microsoft products to telling the story of how a billion dollar brand was birthed in his book, Beneath a Surface, Brad is a well-rounded journalist who has established himself as a trusted name in the industry.

Register for the Hybrid Identity Protection (HIP) Europe Conference!

Hybrid Identity Protection (HIP) Europe 2021 - Virtual Conference

Mobile workforces, cloud applications, and digitalization are changing every aspect of the modern enterprise. And with radical transformation come new business risks. Hybrid Identity Protection (HIP) is the premier educational forum for identity-centric practitioners. At the inaugural HIP Europe, join your local IAM experts and Microsoft MVPs to learn all the latest from the Hybrid Identity world.