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Simplifying AI at the Edge.

If you put relatively limited constrains on cost, power and scalability, Artificial Intelligence is easy. This is how today’s available AI technology has been designed – for cloud computing, delivering inefficient and expensive technologies based on standard and graphic computing architectures – poorly suited for AI/edge workloads. Hardware for edge applications need a completely innovative design which considers specific computational performance, power and economical needs.

At Axelera AI, we are revolutionising the field of artificial intelligence by developing a cutting-edge hardware and software platform for accelerating computer vision on edge devices. Our platform, built using proprietary in-memory computing technology and RISC-V dataflow architecture, delivers industry-leading performance and usability at a fraction of the cost and energy consumption of current solutions.

Today, our focus is on accelerating computing vision and natural language processing at the edge. In the future, the possibilities are limitless.

AI for a green, fair and safe world.

We aim to lead the democratization of Artificial Intelligence. Offering faster, easy-to-use AI acceleration while minimizing power and cost, to simplify AI at the Edge.

We can do this because we are not a regular deep-tech company. Led by our CEO Fabrizio del Maffeo, in just over 20 months since our inception we’ve grown a team of brilliant engineers, developers and business experts to over 120 colleagues around the globe. We are advised by the brightest minds in the AI sphere and are backed by recognized innovation leaders such as IMEC. And we have received US$ 27 million in series A funding, bringing the total up to US$ 37 million.

Since July 2021, we’ve taped out two chips (AI Processing Units), and introduced our Metis AI Platform. The hardware and software platform, consisting out of our Metis AIPU and our adaptable Voyager SDK, makes the deployment of machine learning models an effortless task.

Now we are focused on building our solutions and the ecosystem, that together will drive the democratization of AI, enabling a green, fair and safe world.

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July 2021
Founded by a core team of 18 from Bitfury AI, IMEC, the global nanotechnology leader, a group of researchers of IBM Zurich Lab, ETH Zurich, Google and Qualcomm.
September 15, 2021
Announced $12ml seed round led by Bitfury and contributions from imec, imec.xpand and Innovation Industries.
December, 2021
Marian Verhelst joins as scientific advisor
December, 2021
Tape-out of our test-chip Thetis, proving our groundbreaking technology to the AI community.
February, 2022
Torsten Hoefler joins as scientific advisor.
May, 2022
Luca Benini as scientific advisor.
June 6, 2022
Andreas Hansson joins as advisor.
October 12, 2022
Silicon Valley veteran Jonathan Ballon joins as independent non-executive director.
October 25, 2022
Announced oversubscribed $27ml series A round led by innovation industries with contributions from imec.xpand, Federal Holding and Investment Company of Belgium (SFPIM). Received $6.7ml Innovation Credit from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in The Netherlands.
December 15, 2022
Introduction of Metis AI Platform and opened the Early Access Program for leading companies that would like to innovate with us.

Read the press release and learn about the EAP

May 22, 2023
Announced new investors who have joined their oversubscribed Series A round, bringing the total amount raised to $50 million. The new investors include CDP Venture Capital, Verve Ventures, and Fractionelera. Innovation Industries has increased its investment, becoming the largest investor.


The AI semiconductor market for application-specific processors is expected to reach more than US$ 50 billion in 2025, with the AI computing board and system market estimated to be three or four times larger. In the coming years, most of the market is expected to shift to the edge. However, edge applications need a completely innovative design which considers specific computational performance, power and economical needs.

The global computer vision market size is projected to grow to $21.3B in 2030 with smart cameras comprising the largest component of that market. During that period, a decisive shift away from PC-based systems towards intelligent stand-alone systems is forecast.

Axelera AI captures this opportunity by having developed a game-changing, user-friendly, scalable technology with superior performance and efficiency at a fraction of the cost of existing players to accelerate computing vision and NLP at the edge. 

Axelera AI delivers vision solutions for the Edge. Our Metis AI Platform technology will power the next generation of smart camera system enabling complex applications including image classification, object detection and tracking. Axelera’s Voyager SDK is designed to allow the rapid development of computer vision applications without requiring in-depth artificial intelligence knowledge. 

We’re simplifying AI at the Edge, making the impossible, possible with the help of industry recognized innovation leaders and investors.

Number 1 on Dealroom.co at Brainport Area (Dec. 2022)

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