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UW Madison startup develops computer chip to boost data crunching across multiple industries

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 18th, 2020

A start-up from the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison has developed a high-performance computer chip to crunch data at higher capacities in a wide range of applications.

Founded by UW-Madison professor Karu Sankaralingam, SimpleMachines will offer its Mozart chip to businesses that need faster data computation, such as financial institutions, insurance companies and telecommunication firms. The technology could also benefit drug discovery, digital marketing and media streaming.

Sankaralingam says he began developing the chip after noticing that smartphones and laptops weren’t processing data any faster. He designed the Mozart chip to be programmable and adaptable, meaning users could insert models and frameworks onto the chip that would allow it to run faster. These include recommendation engines, speech and language processing, and image detection, which can all run simultaneously on the chip.

“As fast, flexible computing becomes more accessible, AI will be used by more industries for more applications more frequently, so chip design must evolve accordingly,” Sankaralingam says. “We are disrupting the next wave of computing with our breakthrough technology and are excited about the market opportunity, especially for AI chips along the power spectrum.”

SimpleMachines has raised roughly $20 million from private investors since launching in 2017. The start-up’s sales are expected to begin in the first and second quarters of 2021.

Source: Wisconsin Inno

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