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POLYN Announces Agreement with SkyWater Technology to Produce its First Commercial Voice Processing Chip

January 17, 2024 – POLYN Technology has finalized an agreement with SkyWater Technology (NASDAQ: SKYT), to fabricate POLYN’s first commercial chip for voice processing, with the tapeout planned by the end of the year.
POLYN, a fabless semiconductor company supplying application-specific Neuromorphic Analog Signal Processing (NASP) technology and products, developed NeuroVoice, a Neuromorphic Front End (NFE) chip that performs on-device Voice Activity Recognition. SkyWater is a U.S.-based semiconductor manufacturer and a DMEA-accredited Category 1A Trusted Foundry.

In always-on, at-microphone use cases, NeuroVoice can completely offload neural network processing for voice detection without the use of a microcontroller (MCU) or Digital Signal Processor (DSP). This enables an extremely energy-efficient AI-empowered sensor node, freeing up the MCU for other general-purpose computation. Working at 30µW in active mode, the solution is designed to wake up any other system in the IoT device upon voice detection.

The NeuroVoice chip supports various system configurations through standard interfaces for MCU and simple pin control, which assists customers in developing new solutions, and could be integrated either like a system-in-package (SIP) or module with minimal design complexity.

“This is an important milestone for our technology, to guarantee our first product and the continuous innovation of analog neuromorphic IP, expanding our NFE product lines,” said Aleksandr Timofeev, co-founder and CEO of POLYN Technology. “The first production chip using SkyWater’s S90LN platform will showcase the possibilities for the next generation of AI-enabled sensors – in a range of industries – for extracting useful information at ultra-low-power and inference latency.”

“We are pleased to see POLYN’s NeuroVoice chip move through the process development phase and into production at our Minnesota facility,” said Ross Miller SVP, Strategic Marketing at SkyWater. “The need for efficient, low-power distributed data processing at the edge is huge and growing, and POLYN’s solution addresses this need. Our Advanced Technology Services (ATS) business model allowed us to merge POLYN’s proprietary structures with our S90LN technology platform to build a hybrid technology solution.”