28 September 2012
It’s been about a year since we visited the Startup on Battle Road in Lexington, Mass., where an Analog Devices DSP alum and his mates were building a processor for much less than the industry-standard $100 million.
This week, that alum, Andreass Olofsson (pictured nearby) and his company, Adapteva, turned the industry on its head with a unique proposition: Invest in a parallel-computing effort using the crowd-funding tool Kickstarter.
According to EE Times’ Rick Merritt:
The startup is asking for $750,000 to pay for a mask set for its 16-core Epiphany chip. If it gets the money it promises to deliver a $99 reference board for the chip.
If Adapteva, listed among EE Times’ Silicon 60 top emerging startups, gets $3 million in the online initiative, it will create a $199 board for its 64-core chip. In addition, it would then release its software development tools, drivers and libraries as open source and publish its chip architecture reference manuals. It also would release Gerber files and schematics for the boards as free open source.