Intel is forging ahead in the AI-powered software market by launching a new platform company, Articul8 AI.
In collaboration with asset manager DigitalBridge, the initiative stems from a successful proof-of-concept developed during Intel's partnership with Boston Consulting Group (BCG) last May.
This generative AI system, utilizing Intel hardware and a blend of open-source and proprietary software, processes text and images while meeting security requirements within BCG's data centers.
Made within Intel over a two-year span, the project underwent recent fine-tuning to cater to BCG's specific needs, emphasizing security.
Initially exclusive to BCG, the tech giant has expanded the platform's reach to various industries such as finance, aerospace, semiconductors, and telecommunications—all requiring heightened security measures and specialized domain knowledge.
"Articul8’s gen AI software product was built from the ground up to address the needs of enterprises and is optimized for speed of deployment, scalability, security, and sustainability, including costs," an Articul8 spokesperson told TechCrunch.
The platform, optimized for Intel hardware but adaptable to alternatives, offers flexibility in deployment, supporting cloud, on-premises, or hybrid setups.
Arun Subramaniyan, formerly a VP and GM at Intel's data center and AI group, will take on the role of CEO for Articul8. Additionally, the company's team will consist mainly of former Intel employees, maintaining strategic alignment with Intel while the latter retains an undisclosed stake in Articul8.
Additionally, Articul8's other notable investors include Fin Capital, Mindset Ventures, Communitas Capital, GiantLeap Capital, GS Futures, and Zain Group. The collaboration extends beyond mere financial backing; Intel plans to leverage Articul8's enterprise gen AI software for both internal use cases and joint go-to-market partnerships, aligning with Intel's broader efforts to solidify its position in the generative AI market.
Intel's move to launch Articul8 reflects a broader strategy to seek external capital, following the spin-out of Mobileye and the divestiture of its memory chip division. This strategic shift aligns with CEO Pat Gelsinger's broader plan to raise capital for new chip factories in the U.S. and Europe, coupled with the introduction of advanced chip manufacturing nodes within the next four years.