Marvell founders back data centre RISC-V chiplet startup

September 01, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Marvell founders back data centre RISC-V chiplet startup
US startup Ventana Micro Systems has raised $38m in Series B funding for multicore RISC-V chiplets for data centre designs

Ventana Micro Systems in California has raised $38m from the founders of networking chip giant Marvell for its multicore RISC-V chiplets for data centre designs

The round was led by Dr. Sehat Sutardja and Weili Dai, founders of Marvell Technology Group and other prominent semiconductor investors in partnership with Series A investors, which include a notable strategic partner, bringing Ventana’s total funding to $53 million. Cisco is quoted in support of the young company. 

Ventana was founded in 2018 by Balaji Baktha and Greg Favor, industry veterans with a proven track record of delivering high-performance processors at Marvell, Applied Micro and InSilica. Favor was previously a Fellow at ARM datacentre chip startup Ampere Computing who worked on the Gene2 leading edge multicore ARM datacentre chip at Applied Micro.

Ventana has taken a different approach, offering data centre class RISC-V CPUs with extensible instruction set capability delivered in the form of multi-core chiplets. The company also offers a customizable SoC chiplet enabling hyperscalers and others to achieve rapid productization while being able to innovate and differentiate.

Ventana’s compute chiplets are designed to deliver the highest single thread performance optimized for cloud, enterprise data centre, 5G, edge compute and automotive applications using a microarchitecture that is highly portable across different fabs and process nodes.

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“Nearly half of compute spend is moving away from general purpose processors in favour of infrastructure compute and domain specific accelerators,” said Balaji Baktha, Founder and CEO of Ventana. “Ventana is perfectly positioned to capitalize on this trend with our high-performance cores built on the extensible RISC-V architecture, and our chiplet-based rapid productization approach.”

“Ventana has created an innovative RISC-V architecture that addresses the market need for a high-performance, customizable and secure processor

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