- The companies will collaborate to develop software and systems for RISC V and AI solutions.
- Bodhi Computing will be led by co-founders, Sambit Sahu and Ragu Barathalwar, and Tenstorrent CEO Jim Keller, would join its board of directors.
Artificial intelligence (AI) computational technology startup, Tenstorrent and Indian startup Bodhi Computing have partnered to build and develop server-grade systems using AI and RISC V technology.
Bodhi Computing said that it would target India’s data centres, enterprise, high-performance computing, telecom, and automotive markets. The two startups will collaborate to develop software and systems for RISC V and AI solutions. Bodhi Computing will be led by co-founders Sambit Sahu and Ragu Barathalwar and Tenstorrent. CEO Jim Keller will join Bodhi Computing’s board of directors.
The companies announced their partnership at the India RISC-V ‘Nerds Talking to Nerds Conference.’ Inaugurating the conference, Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Rajeev Chandrashekhar said, “Young Indians are going to shape the future of semiconductor design with Bengaluru becoming a capital of RISC V innovation.”
Expressing his elation at the partnership, Sahu said that Tenstorrent’s PPA, scalability, expandability, TCO efficiency, and time-to-market efficiency in both AI/ML and RISC-V made it an excellent choice for the partnership. “Bringing great AI/ML and RISC-V technologies in the same package is going to be a key propeller for the $14 trillion AI revolution that is being talked about. Tenstorrent has assembled an outstanding team, bringing in the who’s who of the technology world together. It is an honour and privilege to be working so closely with such an outstanding team with some very cool technologies,” he elaborated.
RISC V and ‘New India’
The Minister of State said that RISC V was becoming a global movement with ‘New India’ as a leading player. “I am happy to note that within a year of the launch of the first Semicon India Conference, global semiconductor leaders such as Jim Keller are moving to India and catalysing future design startups in India,” Chandrashekhar added.
The government has approved the Semicon India programme with a total outlay of ₹76,000 crores for the development of the semiconductor and display manufacturing ecosystem in the country but modified it later to provide financial support of 50% of the project cost on a pari-passu basis for setting up semiconductor and display fabrication plant in India.
Last week, Keller told PTI that he was looking forward to real India projects to come out of the country’s startups like building an entire data centre using RISC V services designed by local companies.
Tenstorrent brings together experts in the field of computer architecture, ASIC design, advanced systems, and neural network compilers. The company is backed by Eclipse Ventures and Real Ventures, among others.