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The 10 Hottest Semiconductor Startups Of 2021 (So Far)
These startups are taking on semiconductor heavyweights like Intel and Nvidia with new kinds of silicon solutions for compute, storage and networking, many of which are headed for the data center.
Top Executive: Andrew Feldman, CEO
Cerebras Systems is tackling the AI compute market with its massive Wafer Scale Engine 2 chip, which it calls the “largest AI processor ever made.” The Los Altos, Calif.-based startup said its recently announced WSE-2 chip — which comes with 2.6 trillion transistors, 850,000 cores and 40 GB of on-chip memory — is “orders of magnitude larger and more performant than any competing GPU on the market.” The WSE-2 powers the startup’s purpose-built CS-2 AI system, which Cerebras says can deliver “more compute performance at less space and less power than any other system.” The startup’s systems have been adopted by the University of Edinburgh’s EPCC supercomputing center, GlaxoSmithKline, Tokyo Electron Devices as well as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and Livermore National Laboratory.