TEL AVIV, Israel and SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Habana Labs, Ltd. (www.habana.ai), a startup in the emerging AI processor market, today announced that its Goya AI inference processor, successfully passed the PCI-SIG™ compliance testing at the Taipei, Taiwan workshop. As a result, the Goya™ AI processor card and the HL-1000 chip, have been added to the PCI-SIG integrators list for PCI Express™ (PCIe™) 3.0 x16, operating at 8 Giga-transfers per second (GT/s), as Add-in cards and Components lists respectively.
The PCI-SIG workshop promotes compliance with real products to eliminate interoperability issues and ensure proper implementation of the PCIe specification.
Habana Labs has already started production of its first Goya inference processor PCIe card and delivered it to customers in multiple geographies and market segments. The Goya processor silicon has been tested since June of 2018 and is now in production.
Working with IBM, the Goya HL-100 x16 PCI Express card interoperability was also observed operating at PCIe 4.0 speeds on IBM POWER9-based IBM Power Systems, the only commercially available enterprise computing servers with the 16GT/s PCIe 4.0 interface. The PCIe 4.0 technology operates at 16 GT/s or up to ~32 GB/s (per direction), double that of PCIe 3.0-only devices. For high performance AI accelerators, like Goya, server interface speedup is required to achieve end-to-end workloads performance.
"Innovative companies such as Habana Labs rely on high-quality interface IP solutions that are compliant with the latest standard specifications to significantly lower their integration risk," said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP at Synopsys. "Habana Lab's successful certification of their Goya AI processor chip incorporating Synopsys' low-latency, high-performance DesignWare® IP for PCI Express 4.0 demonstrates the robustness of the IP and enables Habana Labs to accelerate their development effort."
Goya has set two industry records, by delivering 15,012 images/second throughput with 1.3msec latency on the ResNet-50 benchmark, while simultaneously attaining an unmatched power efficiency record of 150 images/second/watt.
About Habana Labs
Habana Labs was founded in 2016 to unlock the true potential of AI by providing an order of magnitude improvements in processing performance, cost and power consumption. The company set out to develop AI processors from the ground up, optimized for the specific needs of training deep neural networks and for inference deployment in production environments. Habana Labs is a fabless semiconductor company located in Tel-Aviv, Israel and San Jose, California, employing over 120 people worldwide. It is led by top technologists and entrepreneurs that built multiple successful semiconductor companies and is backed by premier venture capitalists. For more information, please visit www.habana.ai and contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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