Former NASA Chief’s New Chip Tech Mimics Brain Cells, Enables Voice Authentication

KnuEdge has made a splashy entrance into the world of computing and voice recognition technology. While it’s a new player in these fields, the company is something of a juggernaut already, having raised $100 million in investment funding as it has been led in stealth mode by founder Daniel Goldin, who formerly helmed NASA.

Former NASA Chief's New Chip Tech Mimics Brain Cells, Enables Voice AuthenticationThe company has unveiled its KNUPATH LambdaFabric processor technology, which offers a new computing method based on vast numbers of interconnected processing cores. Rather than bottlenecking data through a single pathway between memory and computing centers as on a standard chip, KnuEdge’s first KNUPATH chip features 256 cores that can instantly connect with each other—a system that KnuEdge says is based on biological principles, and similar to the neuronal structure of the human brain.

The technology offers massive connectivity at a low energy cost, with potentially powerful applications in the emerging Internet of Things. And those applications are especially obvious given that KNUPATH is part of a larger platform called KnuVerse, which revolves around voice recognition and interaction. In a statement announcing KnuVerse, KnuEdge says its voice technology has already seen five years of testing “in mission-critical battlefield conditions,” and is able to authenticate users “with only a few words spoken into a microphone — in any language, in real-world noisy conditions.”

These are bold claims, but the company says it has already make millions in revenues, and has already secured multiple Fortune 500 clients. And given the huge role that voice-based interaction—not to mention biometric authentication security—is expected to play in the IoT, it seems fair to expect many more eager customers for KnuEdge’s technology.

Source: VentureBeat

June 6, 2016 – by Alex Perala