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EnCharge AI, Princeton University to Advance AI Chip Development Under DARPA Program

OPTIMA program

EnCharge AI, Princeton University to Advance AI Chip Development Under DARPA Program

EnCharge AI has announced a multiyear partnership with Princeton University to develop more efficient artificial intelligence model processors with $18.6 million in financial support from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

The funding is taken from DARPA’s $78 million Optimum Processing Technology Inside Memory Arrays, an initiative to develop fast, power-efficient and scalable compute-in-memory accelerators for defense and commercial purposes, EnCharge AI said Wednesday.

OPTIMA’s objective is to replace existing processors, which cannot support the adoption of AI from the cloud to real-time edge applications. Costly and power-intensive server farms are currently needed to meet AI’s computing requirements, EnCharge AI added.

According to the company, DARPA aims to finance groundbreaking approaches instead of “evolutionary improvements.”

The project is expected to center around end-to-end workload execution of AI applications using next-generation chips made available by EnCharge AI.

Naveen Verma, the company’s CEO and a professor at Princeton, said the future is about transitioning AI capabilities from the data center to end-user devices and factories.

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