Mistral Launches ‘Mistral Large’, a New, Non-Open-Source LLM

IBL News | New York

Paris-based Mistral AI — which is trying to build an alternative to OpenAI’s GPT-4 and Anthropic’s Claude 2 — released yesterday a new LLM named Mistral Large. The model was not released under an open-source license.

In addition, the French start-up is launching its alternative to ChatGPT with a new service called Le Chat, now available in beta. Le Chat can’t access the web.

Founded by Mensch, Timothée Lacroix, and Guillaume Lample, a trio of former Meta and Google researchers, has now a valuation of €2 billion. [People working at Mistral in the picture above.]

It supports context windows of 32k tokens (generally more than 20,000 words in English) in English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian.

As a comparison, GPT-4 Turbo has a 128k-token context window.

Mistral AI made Mistral Large available through Microsoft’s Azure, its first distribution partner, after signing a “multi-year partnership.”

As part of the deal, Microsoft said it would invest in Mistral, although the financial details were not disclosed. The partnership will include a research and development collaboration to build applications for governments across Europe.

Microsoft has already invested about $13 billion in San Francisco-based OpenAI, which is estimated to be worth $86 billion.