The company has said it now wants to create energy efficient computing chips for artificial intelligence and machine learning using the RISC-V instruction set.
During his presentation at the 7th RISC-V workshop held in Milpitas, California, entitled 'Industrial strength high-performance RISC-V processors for energy-efficient computing', Ditzel said his company would be producing a supercomputer-on-a-chip made in 7nm CMOS process technology.
This chip would include two types of processor: the performance-oriented ET-Maxion 64-bit RISC-V core and the energy efficiency oriented ET-Minion 64-bit RISC-V core each with a vector floating-point unit. The advanced manufacturing process will allow 16 ET-Maxions to sit alongside 4096 ET-Minions.
Ditzel, a chip industry veteran well-known as a chip designer at Intel and Sun Microsystems and as founder of code-morphing startup Transmeta, also said the company would pursue both a product and an IP licensing business model. As well as selling its AI supercomputer chip, the company will license its ET-Maxion and ET-Minion cores to help proliferate the RISC-V architecture, Ditzel said.
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