Chip industry veteran Segers joins edge AI firm Kinara

Chip industry veteran Segers joins edge AI firm Kinara

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By Peter Clarke

Kinara Inc. (Los Altos, Calif.), formerly Deep Vision, has appointed semiconductor industry veteran Dennis Segers to its board of directors.

Segers served as the chairman of Xilinx Inc. from 2015 until its acquisition by AMD for $49 billion in 2022.  Segers worked at Xilinx from 1993 until 2001 at which point he led a series of startup companies including Matrix Semiconductor and Tabula Inc. Segers has also served on the boards of venture-backed companies.

“Ara-1’s ground-breaking processing performance enables users to run advanced neural network models at a very low power budget,” Segers said in a statement issued by Kinara.

Founded as Deep Vision in 2015 Kinara has a development base in Hyderabad, India and it seeks to offer edge AI devices for retail, smart cities, industry 4.0, and automotive applications.

The company is known to have raised $34.7 million in a Series B round of finance in 2021 when Tiger Global joined Series A investors Exfinity Venture Partners, Silicon Motion , and Western Digital (see Edge AI processor developer raises $35 million).

The Ara-1 is an edge AI accelerator designed to run AI workloads efficiently and come complete with an optimised design tool suite. The chip is manufactured for Kinara by TSMC on a 28nm manufacturing process. A follow-on chip, the Ara-2, implemented in 16nm is on-course to sample at the end of 2022, according to Markus Levy, vice president of business development at Kinara.

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