Graphcore is Accelerating machine learning for a world of intelligent machines

Bristol Based ‘Graphcore’ a Semi-conductor Startup that Develops Microprocessor Designed Specifically for AI and Machine Learning Applications.

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Founded: 2016

Headquarters: Bristol, United Kingdom

Founders: Nigel Toon and Simon Knowles

Hub Tags: Unicorn

Revenue: $341 million

Category: Semiconductor & Semiconductor Equipment, Artificial Intelligence, Electronics, Data and Analytics, Manufacturing, Science and Engineering, Software, Hardware, Machine Learning, Semiconductor


Graphcore has created a new processor, the Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), specifically designed for artificial intelligence. The IPU’s unique architecture means developers can run current machine learning models orders of magnitude faster. More importantly, it lets AI researchers undertake entirely new types of work, not possible using current technologies, to drive the next great breakthroughs in general machine intelligence. The company believes that its IPU technology will become the worldwide standard for artificial intelligence compute. The performance of Graphcore’s IPU is going to be transformative across all industries and sectors, whether you are a medical researcher, roboticist, or building autonomous cars. The team is at the forefront of the artificial intelligence revolution, enabling innovators from all industries and sectors to expand human potential with technology. The company believes that whatever they do, it really makes a difference.

In December 2018, Graphcore closed its series D with $200 million raised at a $1.7 billion valuation, making the company a unicorn. Investors included Microsoft, Samsung, and Dell Technologies. On 13 November 2019, Graphcore announced that their Graphcore C2 IPUs are available for preview on Microsoft Azure.

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