Kalray dreams of European NVIDIA with its chips for artificial intelligence

This is Europe’s hope in artificial intelligence (AI) chips. Kalray develops intelligent system processors and dreams of becoming the European Nvidia, accelerating processing in data centers, edge computing, 5G, automotive and even supercomputers.

Kalray has raised more than 106 million euros

Since its creation in 2008 in Grenoble by spin-off from CEA-Leti, this nugget has raised more than 106 million euros. It has around 100 employees and has offices in the United States and Japan. It is developing a new type of massively parallel processing processor suitable for on-the-fly processing of large data streams for critical decision-making in real time.

Its technology is of interest to defense and aeronautics manufacturers (Airbus, Safran, MBDA), automobile manufacturers (the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance) and even server manufacturers such as the Strasbourg-based 2CRSI. Since the beginning of 2019, it has forged a strategic partnership with NXP to impose its solution in assisted and autonomous driving.

Sell ​​100,000 cards in two years

It is in its second generation of chip, Coolidge, and is developing the next, Coolidge 2, with a launch expected in 2022. Like the current chip, it will be manufactured by the Taiwanese manufacturer TSMC in 16 nanometer technology.

The year 2021 promises to be the start of volume production, with the objective of selling 100,000 cards in two years for data centers. Enough to generate a turnover of 100 million euros between mid-2021 and mid-2022, against around 1 million in 2020 achieved exclusively through the sale of evaluation cards. The smart car market, almost monopolized by Nvidia, is expected to take off in 2024.

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