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Microsoft, Amazon back a SoCal company making microchips specifically for voice-based apps

M12 Ventures
Microsoft Corp.’s
Amazon Alexa Fund
Applied Ventures
Applied Materials
Intel Capital
Motorola Solutions Venture Capital
Robert Bosch Venture Capital
the Alexa Fund
Applied Materials’
Applied Materials, Inc.
Alpha Edison

Kurt Busch
Bryce Durbin
Bryce Durbin / TechCrunch“Syntiant
Paul Bernard
Michael Stewart
Samir Kumar

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Traditional compute is about logic, and deep learning is about memory access; traditional microchip designs also don’t perform as well when it comes to parallel processing of information.Syntiant claims that its chips are two orders of magnitude more efficient, thanks to its data flow architecture that was built for deep learning, according to Busch.It’s that efficiency that attracted investors, including M12, Microsoft Corp.’s venture fund; the Amazon Alexa Fund; Applied Ventures, the investment arm of Applied Materials; Intel Capital; Motorola Solutions Venture Capital; and Robert Bosch Venture Capital.These investment firms represent some of the technology industry’s top chip makers and software developers, and they’re pooling their resources to support Syntiant’s Irvine, California-based operations.Image Credits: Bryce Durbin / TechCrunchImage Credits: Bryce Durbin / TechCrunch“Syntiant aligns perfectly with our mission to support companies that fuel voice technology innovation,” said Paul Bernard, director of the Alexa Fund at Amazon.

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