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The 10 Hottest AI Chipmakers You Should Be Watching In 2021

Dylan Martin

Investors are putting hundreds of millions of dollars into AI chip startups that are developing new optimized architectures for training and inference while semiconductor giants Intel and Nvidia seek to protect their market-share dominance with expanding product portfolios.

SambaNova Systems

Top Executive: Rodrigo Liang, CEO

Like other companies on the list, SambaNova Systems is taking a holistic approach to AI computing with hardware, software and services that take advantage of the startup’s Reconfigurable Dataflow Unit chip. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup recently said it had raised $676 million in a funding round led by SoftBank Group that also included the venture arms of Google and Intel. The startup is using the funding to grow market share against Nvidia and other competitors with its subscription-based Dataflow-as-a-Service AI platform, which relies on SambaNova’s RDU-based DataScale system to deliver what it said are “unmatched capabilities and efficiency” for AI.

 
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