The venture capital arm of Samsung has cut a check to help Israeli inference chip designer NeuReality bring its silicon dreams a step closer to reality.
NeuReality announced Monday it has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Samsung Ventures, adding to the $8 million in seed funding it secured last year to help it get started.
As The Next Platform wrote in 2021, NeuReality is hoping to stand out with an ambitious system-on-chip design that uses what the upstart refers to as a hardware-based "AI hypervisor."
This is said to be capable of routing inference requests from the network to acceleration engines in the SoC all in hardware with minimal intervention by a host CPU processor. With this approach, NeuReality thinks it can capture higher efficiencies than rival datacenter inference accelerators; to us, it sounds like another network-connected IPU.
"We see substantial and immediate need for higher efficiency and easy-to-deploy inference solutions for datacenters and on-premises use cases, and this is why we are investing in NeuReality," Ori Kirshner, head of Samsung Ventures in Israel, is quoted as saying.