AI chip IP licensing for custom SoC designs

April 29, 2019 //By Rich Pell
AI chip IP licensing for custom SoC designs
AI processor startup Gyrfalcon Technology (Milpitas, CA) has introduced a new IP licensing model "for companies seeking the ultimate level of chip customization."

With the new IP licensing , the company is offering the technology powering its Lightspeeur 2801 and 2803 AI accelerators for use in custom SoC designs. Customers are currently designing Gyrfalcon chips inside numerous commercial products, says the company, including smart home & office products, consumer & electronics, mobile phones & computers, baby & pet monitors, robot vacuums, defect detection equipment, edge servers, and AI data center solutions.

"GTI is differentiating itself at a time when the market has been saturated with companies talking about AI chips," says Kimble Dong, CEO of Gyrfalcon Technology Inc. "We have been producing our three different AI Accelerator chips, now in the hands of customers designing end products, so our silicon is proven."

"While we intend to continue introducing and producing new AI Accelerator chips," says Dong, "our technology is 100% proprietary, and protected with a broad and deep portfolio of patents. We will deliver the advantages of GTI technology to companies seeking new advantages, accelerating the growth of both the global AI chip market and the monetization of our technology."

The accelerator chips' architecture features ultra-small and low-power AI cores that enable AI Processing in Memory (APiM) with those cores configured in a proprietary Matrix Processing Engine (MPE) architecture. The AI cores accelerate the convolutional neural network (CNN) on AI frameworks like Caffe, PyTorch, and TensorFlow.

GTI's accelerator chips combine over 28,000 cores, with the Lightspeeur 2803 capable of 16.8 TOPS in under a watt, and the Lightspeeur 2801 using 300 mW while providing 2.8 TOPS. By offering the MPE architecture along with the company's development and software optimization tools and technical support, says the company, it is providing SoC designers the ability to integrate AI inference acceleration at a minimal cost in die area and just milliwatts of power consumption.

The company offers clients USB 3.0 dongles that can be used with Windows & Linux PCs or with hardware development kits like

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