Ex-Baidu Scientist Blazes AI Shortcut

Junko Yoshida, EEtimes, Aug. 31, 2017 – 

MADISON, Wis. - Ren Wu, formerly a distinguished scientist at Baidu, has pulled a new AI chip company out of his sleeve, called NovuMind, based in Santa Clara, Calif.

In an exclusive interview with EE Times, Wu discussed the startup's developments and what he hopes to accomplish.

Established two years ago, with 50 people, including 35 engineers working in the U.S. and 15 in Beijing, NovuMind is testing what Wu describes as a minimalist approach to deep learning.

Rather than designing general-purpose deep-learning chips like those based on Nvidia GPUs or Cadence DSPs, NovuMind has focused exclusively on developing a deep learning accelerator chip that "will do inference very efficiently," Wu told us.

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