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BrainChip partners with MegaChips to develop edge-based AI solutions

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BrainChip, a provider of artificial intelligence technology, neuromorphic AI chips and IP, has announced that MegaChips, an ASIC developer, has licensed the company's Akida IP.

The IP will be used by MegaChips to enhance and grow its technology positioning for next-generation, Edge-based AI solutions.

A fabless semiconductor company based in Japan, MegaChips provides a variety of chip solutions and by partnering with BrainChip, will be able to supply solutions and applications that leverage the Akida technology in markets such as automotive, IoT, cameras, gaming and industrial robotics.

Commenting Tetsuo Hikawa, President and CEO of MegaChips said, “Working with BrainChip and incorporating their Akida technology into our ASIC solutions service, we are better able to handle the development and support processes needed to design and manufacture integrated circuits and systems on chips that can take advantage of AI at the Edge.”

BrainChip’s Akida technology is high-performance, small, ultra-low power and enables a wide array of edge capabilities. Due to its flexibility and scalability, the Akida (NSoC) and intellectual property can be used in a broad range of applications. These include but are not limited to home automation and remote controls, industrial IoT, robotics, security cameras, sensors, unmanned aircraft, autonomous vehicles, medical instruments, object detection, sound detection, odour and taste detection, gesture control and cybersecurity.

“The MegaChips and BrainChip partnership furthers both company’s missions to push boundaries and offer unprecedented products,” said Rob Telson, BrainChip VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. “By providing Akida’s on-chip learning and ultra-low power Edge AI capabilities as an integrated technology in MegaChips’ ASIC solutions, we are able to deliver a cascading array of benefits to cutting-edge products that not only ensure power efficiency without compromising outcomes but can run autonomously for incremental learning without the need to go back and forth to the cloud. This is an exciting collaboration from both a business perspective as well as from an industry-altering aspect.”