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SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tachyum
Inc.
announced today it has successfully deployed the Linux OS on
its Prodigy Universal Processor architecture, a foundation for 64-core,
ultra-low power, high-performance processor. Running an OS directly and
natively on its chip, without the need for host processors or other
expensive components, reduces the cost of at-scale data centers and
enables nearly unlimited flexibility in use. This development is a
significant milestone on Tachyum’s roadmap to supplying hyperscale data
centers and ODM partners with high-performance, power-efficient,
scalable processing muscle for data center, cloud, AI/ML, in memory
processing, and HPC environments at a fraction of the cost of the
competition.

Running Linux on a simulated Prodigy platform signals that the chip can
be used for all compute tasks, as opposed to current special-purpose
chips or accelerators with limited applications and limited market
viability. Hardware equipped with universal computing chips like Prodigy
can run core business applications when needed, and then be reassigned
to tasks like AI/ML and analytics when idle or underutilized,
eliminating the need for separate infrastructures and further improving
the total cost of ownership.

“Many promising new semiconductor companies succeed in hardware design,
but fail at the software stage, so our success with Prodigy running
Linux is not just a great achievement technically, it’s a great relief
to me personally,” said Tachyum CEO Dr. Radoslav “Rado” Danilak. “With
the Prodigy chip fully capable of running the operating system,
developers and partners have assurance that there’s no risk and no need
for puzzle pieces that add complexity, points of failure, and expense.”

Tachyum has validated the Linux OS and intends to conduct further
testing to enable native use of other common Operating Systems such as
FreeBSD. While Linux is the most widely used OS in high-end hyperscale,
cloud, and commercial HPC environments, Tachyum will also test Prodigy
with other compiler solutions such as LLVM to validate support and
ensure its chip can be deployed in bespoke computing solutions as
warranted.

“Tachyum’s product development is moving at an astonishing speed, and
that’s a credit to the engineering and design talent of Rado’s team,”
said Fred Weber, a pioneer of advanced semiconductors with ten years of
corporate leadership at AMD in positions including chief technical
officer and vice president of design. “Running an OS directly on the
chip, without attaching to another host processor as an accelerator or
other workaround, signals to the industry that Tachyum compiler and
software is stable, mature, and approaching production-quality.” (Weber
currently serves on Tachyum’s board of advisors.)

Tachyum’s Prodigy Universal Processor Chip is the smallest and fastest
general purpose, 64-core processor developed to date, requiring 10x less
processor power and reducing processor cost by 3x. Prodigy will allow a
32-Exaflop AI supercomputer and enable users to simulate, in real-time,
human brain-sized neural nets in 2020, years ahead of industry
expectation. Prodigy reduces data center TCO (annual total cost of
ownership) by 4x, through a disruptive hardware architecture and a smart
compiler that has made many parts of the hardware found in a typical
processor redundant. Fewer wires and shorter wires, due to a smaller,
simpler core, translates into much greater speed and power efficiency
for the processor.

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About Tachyum

Named for the Greek prefix “tachy,” meaning speed, combined with the
suffix “-um,” indicating an element (e.g. lithium), Tachyum is
meant to evoke the notion of “an element of speed”. Tachyum emerged from
stealth mode in 2017 to engineer disruptive intelligent information
processing products. Tachyum’s founders have a track record of solving
problems caused by device physics in semiconductors, to deliver
transformational products to global markets, and are backed by IPM
Growth, the Central & Eastern European venture capital platform, as
Tachyum’s lead investor. For more information visit: http://tachyum.com.

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