BrainChip acquires licence to university's cybersecurity technology

04 October 2018

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Neuromorphic computing firm BrainChip Holdings have entered into a cybersecurity implementation agreement with Greece’s Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) – using the former’s neuromorphic SoC for system acceleration.

The agreement consists of a licence to DUTH’s cybersecurity technology and their researcher’s support in porting the technology to the Akida Development Environment. Such cybersecurity technology includes data-to-spike convertors, and it is specifically designed for network intrusion and anomaly detection: this is through a spiking neural network (SNN) that can be accelerated by the Akida Neuromorphic system-on-chip (NSoC).

As Lazaros Iliadis, a professor of the DUTH’s School of Engineering, is responsible for the program, commented: “We have been working with spiking neural networks for several years and our cybersecurity technology has proven highly accurate in detecting threats. The Akida NSoC is an ideal platform to accelerate our SNNs.”

To quote Robert Beachler, BrainChip senior VP of Marketing and Business Development, moreover: “As the Akida NSoC design progresses, it is important that we have proven examples of SNN models and data to spike convertors for our target markets.

“According to MarketsandMarkets, the artificial intelligence cybersecurity market is estimated to be $35B by 2025 and this technology acquisition will jump-start our solutions in this lucrative application space.”

Peter van der Made, BrainChip founder and CTO added: “Working with the exceptional team at the Democritus University of Thrace will serve to increase our expertise and knowledge in the area of cybersecurity – and widen the reach of our low-power and low-latency Akida NSoC device.”

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