At the I/O developer conference last year, Google debuted its first chip. The company kept the component mostly for internal artificial intelligence needs. This week, the second version arrived, and Google is selling this one.

Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai announced the new chip on Wednesday during a keynote address at the Alphabet unit’s annual I/O event. Normally, the gathering focuses on mobile software. This year’s spotlight on hardware underscores Pichai’s effort to transform the search giant into an "AI-first" company and a real cloud-computing contender.

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