MegaChips, the leading custom ASIC company in Japan, and BrainChip Holdings Ltd, the world’s first commercial producer of ultra-low power neuromorphic AI IP, formally announced a strategic partnership signed late last year. MegaChips, which recently announced its emergence into the U.S. custom ASIC market, will now leverage BrainChip Akida™ IP to provide U.S. customers with innovative applications across a wide variety of applications, such as consumer tech, telecom/network, industrial and automotive.
“By MegaChips partnering with BrainChip we can deliver customers highly sought-after edge AI solutions and expedite time to market,” said Douglas Fairbairn, Director of Business Development for MegaChips LSI USA. “Together we plan to develop innovative LSIs as the silicon partner of BrainChip, helping take customers from ideation to silicon. This collaboration helps us achieve the goal of becoming the leading U.S. ASIC supplier for any customer looking to implement AI solutions at volume.”
BrainChip deploys AI at the edge in a way that existing technologies cannot. The company’s tech is both high-performance and ultra-low power, enabling a range of capabilities including on-chip, in-device one-shot learning. BrainChip’s IP can be used in a wide range of applications from consumer electronics to industrial IoT to electric vehicles, and smart sensors that can detect and act on visual features, odors, taste, touch, and sound.
“The MegaChips and BrainChip partnership furthers both companies’ mission to offer unprecedented products,” said Rob Telson, BrainChip Vice President 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 bring practical, cutting-edge capabilities to the edge that ensure power efficiency without compromising accuracy. This is an exciting collaboration from both a business and industry-propelling perspective.”