SiPearl partners with Samsung Electronics for built-in HBM in Rhea

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SiPearl, which is responsible for building Rhea the high-performance low-power European microprocessor for HPC1 and AI inference, has announced a collaboration with Samsung Electronics.

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The collaboration is intended to provide the best performance and energy-efficiency for HPC and AI workloads and will use Samsung’s High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM) for both its speed and energy-efficiency along with its reduced thermal resistance and will enable SiPearl to leverage Rhea's best-in-class performance and energy-efficiency for HPC and AI inference workloads.

“We are excited to contribute to the expansion of SiPearl’s unique supercomputer/AI ecosystem with Samsung’s advanced HBM technology,” said Yongcheol Bae, Executive Vice President and Head of Memory Product Planning at Samsung Electronics. “As the HPC and AI market grows and diverse requirements increase, high-performance, high-bandwidth, low-power solutions are key to support development of the Rhea series in the future. We are committed to delivering memory solutions that can bring superior performance and efficiency for future HPC and AI applications in a close collaboration with SiPearl.”

“SiPearl is set to become a European pioneer in the use of HBM technology in conjunction with Samsung Electronics,” said Philippe Notton, CEO and founder of SiPearl.

He said that by combining the company’s high-performance, low-power microprocessor technologies with built-in HBM would be key to meeting all the requirements of supercomputing and AI inference workloads.

“On the fast-growing AI inference market, we think that our product will be a market leading solution for inference Large Language Model (LLM) tasks providing among other things high flexibility to model changes relative to solutions currently in use,” concluded Notton.

SiPearl is working in close collaboration with its 30 partners from the European Processor Initiative (EPI) consortium, which are its stakeholders, future clients and end-users.

SiPearl currently employs more than 190 people in France (Maisons-Laffitte, Grenoble, Massy, Sophia Antipolis), Germany (Duisburg), Italy (Bologna) and Spain (Barcelona).