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Primeur weekly 2020-02-17

Focus

UK to invest GBP 1,2 billion - 1,4 billion Euro - for the world's most powerful weather and climate supercomputing infrastructure ...

South West Consortium in the UK to host Europe's largest Arm supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

Artificial atoms create stable qubits for quantum computing ...

Quantum technologies: New insights into superconducting processes ...

Focus on Europe

Estonia joined the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration Initiative ...

Technology takes a step forwards in genetic research ...

EOSC Secretariat launches brief webform for HPC projects to complete on cooperation opportunities between HPC & EOSC ...

SiPearl launches its development with 6,2 million euro of European funds ...

Successful patenting and commercialization of green supercomputers 'Made in Hessen' ...

Middleware

BrainChip's Akida Development Environment now freely available for use ...

SuperTest Vermeer Release Update #1 from Solid Sands adds enhanced usability features for compiler developers and users ...

Hardware

XTREME-D launches new HPC infrastructure services in collaboration with Digital Realty and announces strategic alliance with Lenovo ...

Philip Crocker of Panasas Recognized on CRN’s Channel Chiefs List for Fifth Consecutive Year ...

Tachyum running Apache is a key milestone for Prodigy Universal Processor software stack ...

Mat Gruen of WekaIO recognized on CRN's 2020 Channel Chiefs list ...

New AI technology from Arm delivers unprecedented on-device intelligence for IoT ...

GRC provides liquid immersion-cooling systems for Serbia's first green data centre ...

Demonstration of world record transmission capacity over a 38-core 3-mode optical fiber ...

Applications

Indiana University creates climate change data portal to model state's future water supply ...

Computer-based weather forecast: New algorithm outperforms mainframe computer systems ...

New technology could help solve AI's 'memory bottleneck' ...

ORNL researchers develop 'multitasking' AI tool to extract cancer data in record time ...

Computer simulations visualize how DNA is recognized to convert cells into stem cells ...

Paul K. Kearns named the 2020 FLC Laboratory Director of the Year ...

Measuring mutations in sperm may reveal risk for autism in future children ...

Engaging young minds in cybersecurity ...

Researchers say spread of coronavirus extends far beyond China's quarantine zone ...

The Cloud

Equinix taps Oracle Exadata to help power global interconnection platform ...

Oracle announces Oracle Cloud Data Science Platform ...

Vantage Data Centers embarks upon USD $2 billion European expansion; entry into five new markets through acquisition and greenfield developments ...

University of Florida accelerates biotech research innovation with Qumulo ...

NetApp reports third quarter of fiscal year 2020 results ...

Second GPU Cloudburst experiment yields new findings ...

SiPearl launches its development with 6,2 million euro of European funds


12 Feb 2020 Maisons-Laffitte - SiPearl, the designer of the microprocessor for the European exascale supercomputer, has been awarded 6,2 million euro of support from Europe under the Horizon 2020 programme. These funds are enabling Philippe Notton, the company's founder, to launch its development with solid foundations in place. To achieve the goal to release its first range of microprocessors on the market by 2022, SiPearl is preparing to carry out a significant round of fundraising alongside this.

SiPearl is the fabless (factory-free) company that will design, market and distribute the high-performance, low-power microprocessor to secure Europe's technological sovereignty and independence on the strategic markets for high performance computing, artificial intelligence and connected mobility.

SiPearl was created in June 2019 by Philippe Notton to bring to life the joint project of the 27 members of the European Processor Initiative, the consortium selected by the European Union to support the development of the European microprocessor. Based on a roadmap that is closely aligned with the European Union's goals, the company is targeting a commercial launch in 2022 for its first range of microprocessors.

In the space of a few months, its CEO and founder has built the solid foundations that will support SiPearl's development:

  • A powerful ecosystem bringing together its 26 partners within the European Processor Initiative consortium,
  • A leadership team with complementary areas of expertise and proven track records,
  • Best-in-class industrial and technological suppliers secured,
  • 6,2 million euro of European subsidies to launch its development, which will be followed by a major round of fundraising.

1. The European Processor Initiative consortium members, a powerful ecosystem of 26 partners for SiPearl

The European Processor Initiative consortium groups together 27 members, from both the scientific world - research institutes, universities, supercomputing centres - and the industrial world - European leaders and innovative companies from the IT, electronics and automotive sectors - which are SiPearl's stakeholders and future clients. Since December 2018, the joint project has involved more than 200 engineers working each day to develop the basic software and hardware technological components. Working closely with its partners, SiPearl will integrate them with its own technologies and those of best-in-class global suppliers to bring to life the European microprocessor combining supercomputing power with energy efficiency and backdoor-free security.

2. Setting up a leadership team with complementary areas of expertise and proven track records

A leading executive, Philippe Notton (49, Supélec Engineer, Executive MBA from ESSEC & Mannheim), has built up outstanding expertise in the semiconductor and security fields during an international career, heading up both start-ups and major groups. Previously Vice-President of the Atos Group, which he joined in 2017 to set up the European Processor Initiative consortium, Philippe Notton's earlier achievements include creating and leading the Set-top Box division of the Taiwan-based MStar Semiconductor to become number 3 worldwide, before being appointed CEO of the Consumer Electronics division at ST Microelectronics (2400 staff).

Drawing on his French and international network, Philippe Notton is putting in place a team of 10 executives with proven track records and complementary areas of expertise (research and development, IT architecture, semiconductors, high performance computing, automotive, etc.). Their appointments will be officially announced during the first half of this year.

SiPearl will notably be able to benefit from their unique know-how covering the integration of various technologies, the development of proprietary technologies and industrialisation, which will guarantee the performance, sovereignty, security and safety of its products.

3. SiPearl securing market-leading industrial and technological suppliers

For its first range of microprocessors, SiPearl has already secured advanced technologies from its partners within the European Processor Initiative, industry leaders and technology companies, as well as the world's best suppliers.

SiPearl operates with a fabless model and will not own its production centres. It has therefore chosen to initially entrust its production to the Taiwan-based group TSMC. As the world's number 1 independent semiconductor foundry, TSMC offers the most advanced silicon process technologies (N6 or better).

4. 6,2 million euro of European subsidies to get development underway

A French company with independent capital, SiPearl has been awarded 6,2 million euro of European Union subsidies as part of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (specific grant agreement no.826647). Thanks to this support, it is launching its development, setting up its leadership and research and development teams, and putting in place its data centre.

Advised by Eponyme Partners, SiPearl is currently preparing a major round of fundraising to support its deployment through to the commercial release of its first microprocessor range in 2022. This will notably finance technological licences, product development, production launch and marketing for its solutions.

"Through close collaboration with our scientific and industrial partners from the European Processor Initiative, as well as global technology leaders, SiPearl has a secure business model in place today that will pave the way for its success on the high-potential markets for high performance computing, artificial intelligence and connected mobility. We are committed to helping secure Europe's technological sovereignty and independence in sectors that are increasingly crucial for its economic growth", concluded Philippe Notton, SiPearl's CEO.

Source: SiPearl

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Primeur weekly 2020-02-17

Focus

UK to invest GBP 1,2 billion - 1,4 billion Euro - for the world's most powerful weather and climate supercomputing infrastructure ...

South West Consortium in the UK to host Europe's largest Arm supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

Artificial atoms create stable qubits for quantum computing ...

Quantum technologies: New insights into superconducting processes ...

Focus on Europe

Estonia joined the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration Initiative ...

Technology takes a step forwards in genetic research ...

EOSC Secretariat launches brief webform for HPC projects to complete on cooperation opportunities between HPC & EOSC ...

SiPearl launches its development with 6,2 million euro of European funds ...

Successful patenting and commercialization of green supercomputers 'Made in Hessen' ...

Middleware

BrainChip's Akida Development Environment now freely available for use ...

SuperTest Vermeer Release Update #1 from Solid Sands adds enhanced usability features for compiler developers and users ...

Hardware

XTREME-D launches new HPC infrastructure services in collaboration with Digital Realty and announces strategic alliance with Lenovo ...

Philip Crocker of Panasas Recognized on CRN’s Channel Chiefs List for Fifth Consecutive Year ...

Tachyum running Apache is a key milestone for Prodigy Universal Processor software stack ...

Mat Gruen of WekaIO recognized on CRN's 2020 Channel Chiefs list ...

New AI technology from Arm delivers unprecedented on-device intelligence for IoT ...

GRC provides liquid immersion-cooling systems for Serbia's first green data centre ...

Demonstration of world record transmission capacity over a 38-core 3-mode optical fiber ...

Applications

Indiana University creates climate change data portal to model state's future water supply ...

Computer-based weather forecast: New algorithm outperforms mainframe computer systems ...

New technology could help solve AI's 'memory bottleneck' ...

ORNL researchers develop 'multitasking' AI tool to extract cancer data in record time ...

Computer simulations visualize how DNA is recognized to convert cells into stem cells ...

Paul K. Kearns named the 2020 FLC Laboratory Director of the Year ...

Measuring mutations in sperm may reveal risk for autism in future children ...

Engaging young minds in cybersecurity ...

Researchers say spread of coronavirus extends far beyond China's quarantine zone ...

The Cloud

Equinix taps Oracle Exadata to help power global interconnection platform ...

Oracle announces Oracle Cloud Data Science Platform ...

Vantage Data Centers embarks upon USD $2 billion European expansion; entry into five new markets through acquisition and greenfield developments ...

University of Florida accelerates biotech research innovation with Qumulo ...

NetApp reports third quarter of fiscal year 2020 results ...

Second GPU Cloudburst experiment yields new findings ...