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Brainchip sets date for SoC

  • Author:Ella Cai
  • Release on:2018-09-10
Brainchip, the Australian spiking neural networks (SNN) specialist, is looking at sampling its first SoC incorporating its Akida SNN IP in Q3 2019.

The chip will probably be fabricated on a 28nm process, said Brainchip svp Bob Beachler in London last week.

Asked by EW if the company needed to raise more money to make the chip – it currently has $11 million cash – Beachler replied: “I don’t think we need to raise more money – the mask cost should be around $1 million.”

Brainchip has raised $30 million to date since it was founded in 2011.

Brainchip is operating in a crowded field – Intel, Google’s TPU, Nvidia, Samsung, ThinkForce, ThinCI, REX Computing, Graphcore, Cambricon, Cerebras, SpiNNaker and Horizon Robotics  are among a host of neural chip contenders.

Brainchip is modest about the intellect of its chip – putting it somewhere between a fruit fly and a bee – but says it has targeted a $10 price point for the chip and that it will perform comparably to chips costing fifty times more.

The company is not on a mission to  simulate the human brain. “We want to build components that are useful in the industry,” said Brainchild founder and CTO, Peter van der Made (pictured), “we are a commercial company. Akida has tremendous throughput with low power, it’s math-lite, it has no MACs and its neurons and synapses are optimised for silicon space and power consumption.”

It is intended that the SoC will be used either as a stand-alone processor or as a co-processor for acceleration.

In Q4 2018, the Akida IP will be realised in a Xilinx FPGA.