Less than a year after announcing the closing of a five-million-euro seed investment, neuromorphic processor developer Innatera Nanosystems is adding a big name to its board of directors. Looking to tap into his rich history within the semiconductor industry, the TU Delft spinoff has called on Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli to assume the position of chairman. The co-founder of electronic design automation powerhouses Cadence and Synopsys, Vincentelli has served on numerous boards for a number of high-profile companies the likes of Cadence, HP and STMicroelectronics.
Vincentelli’s arrival comes on the heels of Innatera revealing the details of its spiking neural processor (SNP) earlier this year. The radically new analog-mixed signal architecture closely mimics the mechanisms that our brain uses to condition and process sensory data. Using a massively parallel array of spiking neurons and synapses, Innatera’s design provides native acceleration for continuous-time spiking neural networks with fine-grained temporal dynamics. This allows the SNP architecture to realize high-fidelity signal processing and pattern recognition in real time, within a sub-milliwatt power budget.
“In a market that’s crowded by numerous semiconductor plays on AI, I’m excited by Innatera’s differentiated approach to achieving ultra-low power intelligence at the sensor edge,” says Vincentelli. “Success for a chip company follows from a combination of disruptive technology, flawless execution and a great team, and I believe Innatera is in the sweet spot.”