An artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider, BrainChip Holdings Ltd, has received its first shipment of Akida chips from Socionext America (SNA).

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) originally manufactured the chips. In addition, SNA assisted in all assembly and testing operations for the Akida devices, including reviews TSMC of Process Control Monitoring (PCM) data, and circuit simulation matching.

Rob Telson, BrainChip vice president of sales and marketing, said, “As a company, our goal has been to put our chips and IP into the hands of customers and partners so they, in turn, can transform edge AI for implementations like home automation, industrial IoT, security and cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, medical devices, and leveraging sensor technology for objects, sound, odor, taste, vibration and more. These production units from Socionext and TSMC will be part of pioneering devices that are at the forefront of Beneficial AI, as we approach production shipments of boards and systems in Q4 2021.”

Using Akida devices, BrainChip will be able to support its Early Access Program (EAP) customers, future customers who are using the BrainChip software development environment MetaTF, and some who have existing Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) and expect to improve their performance in terms of power consumption, design flexibility, and edge learning.

BrainChip brings artificial intelligence to the edge in ways that previous technologies were not capable of. In order for Akida to succeed, it must utilize a neuromorphic architecture influenced by the biology of the human brain that enables ultra-low power with high performance, accelerating the growth of edge AI technology.

Akida is now available for licensing as IP and for production release in silicon. The company focuses on enabling low power, high-performance sensory processing for use in beneficial AI, as well as in smart healthcare, smart cities, smart transportation, and smart home applications.