Resilient High-Performance Processors

Lucid Circuit is developing solutions in the form of resilient high-performance processors and by accelerating reliable chip development.

AstrumTM is Lucid Circuit’s line of radiation-tolerant and energy-efficient processors for reliable high-performance cognitive applications in edge devices. Edge devices, such as sensors, currently have to send data to the cloud for processing. Instead, Astrum processors would allow more complex computations “at the edge.” This could, for example, allow medical devices to process more and more of the data rather than sending it to the cloud. In addition to medical applications, AstrumTM technology can enable many technologies that involve on-board processing — 3D VR headsets, drones and other autonomous vehicles, as well as mobile communication.

AstrumTM leverages dynamically configurable processing fabric that enables the real-time scaling of application compute density. This allows AstrumTM processors to deliver the high-performance and power-efficiency of custom ASICs, along with the flexibility of FPGAs and programming ease of GPUs/CPUs without the costs, risks and limitations. An additional benefit of this is that, if part of the chip is damaged, the computations can be moved to other areas. This provides the reliability necessary for many of these applications.

Lucid Circuit, Inc. is also developing the Radiation-Effects Susceptibility Analysis & Prediction (RSAPTM) platform. Our society’s demand for higher performance and lower power electronics is driving the development of new generations of smaller and more efficient semiconductor technologies. However, in addition to rising development and fabrication costs, these new semiconductors are increasingly vulnerable.

By leveraging predictive modeling, machine learning, and compute accelerators, the RSAPTM platform predicts failure rates and automatically identifies the areas of an electronic chip that are vulnerable to cosmic rays prior to chip fabrication. RSAPTM reduces the cost, complexity, and delays associated with developing resilient microprocessors, ensuring a one-pass success for chip designers in sensitive applications.