Ultra-low power high performance AI technology specialist BrainChip Holdings Ltd(ASX: BRN) has signed an Akida Early Access Program Agreement with VORAGO Technologies.
Brain Chip CEO, Louis DiNardo, said the collaboration is intended to support a Phase I NASA programme for a neuromorphic processor that meets spaceflight requirements.
The BrainChip Early Access Program is available to a select group of customers that require early access to the Akida device, evaluation boards and dedicated support. The EAP agreement includes payments that are intended to offset the Company’s expenses to support partner needs.
The Akida neuromorphic processor is uniquely suited for spaceflight and aerospace applications. The device is a complete neural processor and does not require an external CPU, memory or Deep Learning Accelerator (DLA). Reducing component count, size and power consumption are paramount concerns in spaceflight and aerospace applications.
The level of integration and ultra- low power performance of Akida supports these critical criteria. Additionally, Akida provides incremental learning. With incremental learning new classifiers can be added to the network without retraining the entire network. The benefit in spaceflight and aerospace applications is significant as real-time local incremental learning allows continuous operation when new discoveries or circumstances occur.
We are both excited and proud to participate in this Phase I program with VORAGO Technologies and support NASA’s desire to leverage neuromorphic computing in spaceflight applications,” Mr DiNardo said.
“The combination of benefits from the Akida neuromorphic processor and a radiation-hardened process brings significant new capabilities to spaceflight and aerospace applications.”
VORAGO Technologies is a privately held, high technology company based in Austin, Texas with over 15 years of experience in providing radiation-hardened and extreme-temperature solutions for the Hi-reliability marketplace and recognised as one of Inc 5000’s Fastest Growing Private Companies in America.
VORAGO CEO, Bernd Lienhard, said the company’s patented HARDSILtechnology uses cost-effective high-volume manufacturing to harden any commercially designed semiconductor component for extreme environment operation, and has created a number of solutions throughout Aerospace, Defence and Industrial applications. VORAGO Technologies opens up a new world of possibilities for customer designs, no matter how hostile the environment.
“We are thrilled and honoured to partner with BrainChip to harness the radiation hardening capabilities of our patented HARDSIL technology for the Phase I program with NASA,” Mr Lienhard said.
“Our ongoing mission of creating components with increased availability and unmatched solutions in aerospace and defence applications paired with the Akida neuromorphic processor will create unprecedented standards moving forward in the industry.”