Groq, the developer of the A0 Tensor Streaming Processor, raised $60 million across two early rounds and then raised a third round in 2020 (see Groq gains funds to expand tensor AI applications). That round is reputed to be worth $250 million.
Now Groq is in discussion with Tiger Global Management about leading a $300 million round, which would value the company at about $1 billion, the FT report said citing people briefed on the talks. It remains unclear whether Tiger Global Management is trying to belatedly join the previous round or is seeking to finance an entirely new round.
The company was formed in 2016 and its A0 TSP is claimed to be capable of up to 250 trillion floating-point operations per second (FLOPS). The architecture is based on a software-first philosophy that allows it to support both traditional and new machine learning models. Groq claims its TSP architecture achieves both compute flexibility and parallelism without the synchronization overhead of traditional GPU and CPU architectures.
Groq is one of several startup companies in an funding race to try and develop chips to unseat the de facto incumbent Nvidia. These include Graphcore and SambaNova
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