Hyderabad: US-based semiconductor company Ceremorphic recently set up its India Development Centre in Hyderabad. Currently employing 140 people, the company by the end of 2024 plans to employ 400 people at this centre. The company’s founders are pumping in $50 million (over Rs 350 crore) for global expansion, with significant investments lined up in Hyderabad. […]
Hyderabad: US-based semiconductor company Ceremorphic recently set up its India Development Centre in Hyderabad. Currently employing 140 people, the company by the end of 2024 plans to employ 400 people at this centre. The company’s founders are pumping in $50 million (over Rs 350 crore) for global expansion, with significant investments lined up in Hyderabad. Dr Venkat Mattela, founder & CEO of Ceremorphic shares with Y V Phani Raj the company’s growth plans and the role Hyderabad will play. Excerpts-
Hyderabad will be the global R&D centre for the company, which will be responsible for process design, process research and computing. Almost 90 per cent of the engineering will happen here while about 10 per cent activity will happen in the US. Some engineering activity will also happen in Taiwan going forward for certain skills. We will be investing over Rs 70 crore in Hyderabad each year in the coming years. We are actively building learning performance and strong IP culture in our company globally.
Ceremorphic plans to deliver a complete silicon system that will enable next-generation applications such as artificial intelligence / machine learning, high power computing, automotive processing, drug discovery, and metaverse processing. The challenges this market faces with ‘reliable performance computing’ cannot be solved with existing architectures, but rather needs a completely new architecture built specifically to provide reliability, quantum resistance security, energy efficiency, and scalability.
Designed in advanced silicon geometry (TSMC 5nm premier node), this new architecture being pioneered by Ceremorphic has been built from the ground up to solve today’s high-performance computing problems to serve all high demanding market segments. We are looking at innovation beyond 5nm technology. The team is leveraging its deep expertise and patented technology to design an ultra-low power supercomputing chip.
Backed by over 100 patents, we use ThreadArch (proprietary) technology for multi-threaded processing. The test chip is expected to come out of TSMC’s fabs by the end of 2022, and by 2024, we are aiming for commercialisation. We will begin engaging with customers from 2023 onwards, but the commercial production will begin in 2024. We will explore funding opportunities before reaching commercialisation stage.
We are closely working with the governments in India both at central and State (Telangana) level to nurture the semiconductor ecosystem. We could explore opportunities for designing and manufacturing in India, for chips of certain nodes. Ceremorphic will also evaluate the production linked incentive (PLI) scheme at an appropriate time.
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