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Eindhoven-connected Grai Matter Labs edges to the AI market

Nieke Roos
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Having operated under the radar for almost two years, Grai Matter Labs recently stepped into the spotlight, announcing its first products. According to the fabless semiconductor scale-up with Eindhoven roots, Grai One is the world’s first AI chip optimized for ultra-low-latency and low-power processing at the edge. It’s based on the company’s brain-like Neuronflow architecture.

Compared to the human brain, standard computer CPUs are terribly inefficient. With their classical Von Neumann architectures, they’re constantly moving data around, back and forth between the central processing unit and central memory, thereby squandering lots of power. No wonder companies such as Grai Matter Labs (GML) are venturing to create neuromorphic, ie brain-like, processors.

GML’s technology is based on 20 years of breakthrough research on the human brain carried out at the Vision Institute of the former Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris (now part of Sorbonne University). The fabless semiconductor company’s neuromorphic computing paradigm overcomes the limitations of standard CPUs. Grai One, GML’s recent hardware debut, like the brain, uses a large number of local compute elements called neurons and impulses called spikes for data communication, offering massively parallel and fully programmable sensor analytics and machine learning at reduced power consumption.

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