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South Korean startup Rebellions launches AI processor

South Korean startup Rebellions launches AI processor

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By Peter Clarke



Rebellions Inc. (Seoul, South Korea) has launched an artificial intelligence (AI) chip and is one of a set of South Korean startups in the AI sector.

Rebellions Inc. (Seoul, South Korea) has launched an artificial intelligence (AI) chip and is one of a set of South Korean startups in the AI sector.

The Atom chip is an inference-only chip designed to run computer vision and chatbot AI applications. It consumes only about 20 percent of the power of the Nvidia’s more generic A100 chip when performing those tasks because it has been optimized for them Reuters quoted Park Sunghyun, co-founder and CEO of Rebellions, as saying.

Rebellions is a fabless chip company founded in 2020 and the Atom chip was manufactured for it by Samsung Electronics. It has raised 122 billion won (about US$96 million) including 30 billion won from KT Corp. (formerly Korea Telecom) in a funding round that included Singapore’s Temasek and 10 billion won grant from the South Korean government.

The South Korean government is expected to put out to tender two neural processing unit farms for which only domestic chipmakers will be allowed to bid, Reuters said quoting an unnamed official at the Ministry of Science and Information, Communications Technology. Rebellions Inc. and a South Korean startup called FuriosaAI, founded in 2017, is expected to bid.

A third South Korean AI startup is DeepX Co. Ltd. founded in 2018 and led by CEO Lokwon Kim. Kim previously helped design the A11 Bionic processor for the iPhone X at Apple. He was also involved in the design of the A12 Bionic for iPhone XS including the world first general-purpose embedded neural processing unit.

Related links and articles:

www.rebellions.ai

www.furiosa.ai

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