SEMIFIVE and HyperAccel collaborate on AI chip development

SEMIFIVE and HyperAccel collaborate on AI chip development

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

SEMIFIVE, a pioneer of platform-based custom silicon, has announced a collaboration with HyperAccel to develop a generative AI chip. The aim of this collaboration is to develop the product by applying Samsung Foundry’s 4nm process technology.

HyperAccel, a South Korea-based startup that was founded in January 2023, develops a Latency Processing Unit (LPU), an AI chip specialized for transformer-based Large Language Model (LLM). HyperAccel has developed model parallelism technology to efficiently distribute LLM to multiple LPUs and its own networking technology for data synchronization between LPUs. Recently, it has released an Orion server mounted with its own LPUs. The Orion server is dedicated for emerging generative AI workloads based on LLM using FPGA technology.

SEMIFIVE, a company specializing in SoC platforms and ASIC design, develops SoC design platforms expert for AI chips. To date, it has developed three SoC design platforms and has completed eight custom silicon tapeouts using the platforms. SEMIFIVE plans to expand its roadmap to respond to customer demand for AI custom silicon. Most recently, SEMIFIVE announced that it has begun the mass production of an AI inference custom chip for servers designed using its 14nm AI SoC platform. Also, the mass production of NPU chip targeting HPC applications, using SEMIFIVE’s 5nm HPC SoC platform is scheduled in the first half of 2024.

“By collaborating with SEMIFIVE, we are opening up an opportunity to develop semiconductors that offer lower costs and higher power efficiency compared to GPU platforms,” said Joo-Young Kim, CEO of HyperAccel. This advancement will significantly decrease the operational expenses of data centers and expand our business scope to other industries that require LLMs.”

“HyperAccel is among a select few companies that possess true understanding required to build a successful custom AI chip and system in the generative AI landscape,” said Brandon Cho, CEO and co-founder of SEMIFIVE. “We are working with HyperAccel and its exceptional engineering team to help them bring their innovation to the SEMIFIVE SoC Platform.”

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