BrainChip becomes the first to launch SNN accelerator to the market

  • Sep 11, 2018 AEST
  • Team Kalkine
BrainChip becomes the first to launch SNN accelerator to the market

The leading neuromorphic computing company, BrainChip Holdings Ltd. (ASX: BRN) has launched the world’s first neuromorphic device for Artificial Intelligence industry- Akida Neuromorphic System-on-Chip (NSoC). With this establishment BrainChip positions itself as the first producer of commercial accelerator for spiking neural networks (SNN).

The Akida NSoC uses a pure CMOS logic process with a 11-layer SNNs. Also, it consumes less than a watt and cost just about $10. What makes Akida Chip special is an array of 1.2 million SNN neurons and 10 billion synapses. The chip is capable of handling both training and inference tasks using data sets supplied by customers.

This Neuromorphic computing device has the potential to accelerate Artificial Intelligence especially for low-power application. It attracts the feature of being small, low power and low cost which serves as an ideal architecture for edge applications such as autonomous vehicles, vision-guided robotics, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), drones, surveillance and machine vision systems.   

The company expects the marketplace of artificial intelligence acceleration chipset to exceed US$60 billion by 2025. Akida is expected to be in market by third quarter of 2019.

After surging as high as 12.5% on the day of announcement, i.e. 10 September 2018, the BrainChip’s stock has fallen by 2.778% to $0.175 on 11 September 2018 (6:15 PM AEST).

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