Friday, April 23rd 2021

Tenstorrent Selects SiFive Intelligence X280 for Next-Generation AI Processors

SiFive, Inc., the industry leader in RISC-V processors and silicon solutions, today announced that Tenstorrent, an AI semiconductor and software start-up developing next-generation computers, will license the new SiFive Intelligence X280 processor in its AI training and inference processor. SiFive will deliver more details of its SiFive Intelligence initiative including the SiFive Intelligence X280 processor at the Linley Spring Processor Conference on April 23rd.

Tenstorrent's novel approach to inference and training effectively and efficiently accommodates the exponential growth in the size of machine learning models while offering best-in-class performance.
"The Tenstorrent architecture addresses the growing demands that come with data-written code as part of Software 2.0," said Jim Keller, President and CTO, Tenstorrent. "We're excited to partner with SiFive because of their ability to deliver CPUs and software for the modern RISC-V ecosystem."

The combination of Tenstorrent's Tensix processing cores alongside the SiFive Intelligence X280 processor reflects the growing trend of heterogeneous multi-core compute to stay ahead of the requirements of next-generation AI workloads.

"SiFive Intelligence is a new initiative dedicated to bringing cutting-edge software and hardware technologies to those looking to innovate in the AI market," said Chris Lattner, President of Engineering and Product at SiFive. "Tenstorrent, with its team of industry leaders and an already impressive track record of silicon success, is an ideal partner for SiFive's new products targeted at machine learning applications."

SiFive's newest processor, the SiFive Intelligence X280, is a 64-bit, multi-core capable RISC-V-based processor with fully integrated RISC-V Vector extension (RVV) support. The SiFive Intelligence X280 processor features SiFive Intelligence Extensions, a comprehensive suite of vector instructions specifically designed to accelerate modern machine learning workloads. SiFive Intelligence is available now, and more information on SiFive Intelligence can be found here.

About Tenstorrent
Tenstorrent is a next-generation computing company with the mission of addressing the rapidly growing compute demands for software 2.0. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with U.S. offices in Austin, Texas, and Silicon Valley, Tenstorrent brings together experts in the field of computer architecture, ASIC design, advanced systems, and neural network compilers. Tenstorrent is backed by Eclipse Ventures and Real Ventures, among others.

About SiFive
SiFive is the leading provider of processor cores, accelerators, and SoC IP to create domain-specific architecture based on the open RISC-V instruction set architecture specification. SiFive offers scalable, configurable processor cores pre-integrated with security, trace, and debug features for workload-specific accelerator designs. Founded by the inventors of RISC-V, SiFive has design centers worldwide and backing from Sutter Hill Ventures, SK hynix, Qualcomm Ventures, Western Digital, Intel Capital, Spark Capital, Osage University Partners, and Prosperity7 Ventures. For more information, please visit www.sifive.com.
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4 Comments on Tenstorrent Selects SiFive Intelligence X280 for Next-Generation AI Processors

#1
1d10t
Resigned from Intel for just a year and launched an AI Processor? Yeah, now we know what the "problem" is.
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Steevo
1d10tResigned from Intel for just a year and launched an AI Processor? Yeah, now we know what the "problem" is.
I don’t follow, what problem was there? Jim is and has been a industry leader in CPU development and I’m sure he was tired of his work being held hostage by a company like Intel that is busy developing vapor ware GPUs in other fabs as theirs are broken.
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1d10t
SteevoI don’t follow, what problem was there? Jim is and has been a industry leader in CPU development and I’m sure he was tired of his work being held hostage by a company like Intel that is busy developing vapor ware GPUs in other fabs as theirs are broken.
That's what I meant, I quipped Intel a bit and highlight them as "problems".
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GeeBee
Tenstorrent sounds like the ideal investment plan. Provided there would be a public offering, that is.
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