Samsung invests in ML chip startup NeuReality • The Register


Samsung’s venture capital arm has written a check to help Israeli inference chip designer NeuReality bring its silicon dreams closer to reality.

NeuReality announced Monday that it has raised an undisclosed amount from Samsung Ventures, adding to the $8 million in seed funding it secured last year to help get it started.

As The next platform writing in 2021, NeuReality hopes to stand out with an ambitious system-on-chip design that uses what the upstart calls a “hardware-based AI hypervisor.”

This is said to be able to route inference requests from the network to the all-hardware SoC’s acceleration engines with minimal intervention from a host CPU processor. With this approach, NeuReality believes it can capture higher efficiencies than competing data center inference accelerators; to us, it looks like another IPU connected to the network.

“We see a substantial and immediate need for more efficient and easy-to-deploy inference solutions for data center and on-premises use cases, and that’s why we’re investing in NeuReality,” said Ori Kirshner, Head of of Samsung Ventures in Israel. as told.

NeuReality, founded in 2018, has not registered its first SoC design, the NR1, although the company has a prototype system made up of 16 Versal Xilinx FPGA boards, which are now part of the product-centric product portfolio. AI from AMD.

The startup’s “data disaggregation, movement and processing technologies improve compute flows, compute storage flows and in-storage computing – all of which are critical to the ability to adopt and grow AI solutions,” added Kirshner.

Like Nvidia and other AI chip designers, NeuReality thinks about the problem holistically, bundling its silicon with bespoke software and tools that aim to simplify the deployment of inference applications.

Aside from the hardware and, uh, “AI hypervisors,” what Samsung Ventures might find most compelling is the startup’s team.

Founding CEO Moshe Tanach was previously director of engineering at Marvell Technology and Intel, and he also helped design 4G base station products at a company that was acquired by Qualcomm. The other two founders, Tzvika Shmueli and Yossi Kasus, also have a good faith in silicon and networking, coming from network chip vendor Mellanox Technologies, which Nvidia acquired in 2020.

Samsung Ventures has bold data center ambitions, with a $356 billion initiative to invest in areas including chip design and production, biotechnology and AI by 2026.

“Samsung Ventures’ investment is a great vote of confidence in NeuReality’s technology. The funds will help us take the company to the next level and bring our NR1 SoC into production,” Tanach said. ®


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