InspireSemi Provides Business Update Including Early Access Program Customer Commitments and Performance Benchmarks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia and AUSTIN, Texas, July 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Inspire Semiconductor Holdings Inc. (TSXV: INSP) (“InspireSemi” or the “Company”), a chip design company that has built a technology foundation to deliver best-in-class accelerated computing performance, today provided a business update, including customer commitments derived from the Company’s Early Access Program and key High Performance Computing (HPC) application benchmarks. A recording of the business update will be made available in the Investors Relations section of the Company’s website at

“We are excited to provide this business update as we prepare to bring to market a disruptive, next generation hardware compute accelerator that can address the ever growing needs of HPC users,” said Ron Van Dell, CEO of InspireSemi. “Growth in the data center accelerated computing market is at an all-time high. Our solution represents an industry solution that offers best-in-class return on investment for performance, energy efficiency, versatility, and affordability.”

Early Access Program and Commitments:
Recently, InspireSemi introduced its Early Access Program for select customers interested in obtaining early access to InspireSemi’s new Thunderbird accelerator chip. The Company is seeing strong interest in its Early Access Program, and has already received the first purchase order from a major U.S. government national laboratory, with three other commitments, and a pipeline including other customers in the areas of computer-aided engineering, energy, scientific research, and large financial institutions.

Early adopters were immediately drawn to the Company’s powerful Thunderbird “supercomputer cluster-on-a-chip” accelerated computing architecture. Compared to a datacenter GPU, Thunderbird provides all the raw computational power, with applicability to a much broader range of software applications while delivering the best overall value.

The Company is anticipating first customer shipments in the first quarter of next year and to scale production in the third quarter of 2024.

Key Application Benchmarks:
The architecture for InspireSemi’s disruptive Thunderbird compute accelerator is based on an array of thousands of custom-designed, modern, efficient, and powerful 64-bit CPU cores, tightly integrated with high-speed memory and networking, which works with the thriving RISC-V open software ecosystem. This accelerated computing platform delivers best-in-class overall ROI:

  • Raw performance: 8 TLOPS/chip (FP64)
  • Energy efficiency: 50 GFLOPS/Watt (FP64)
  • Utilization: on-chip network reduces core-to-core latency 25x
  • Value: exceptional Performance/$

About InspireSemi
InspireSemi is an Austin-based chip design company that has built a technology foundation that delivers revolutionary performance, energy efficiency, versatility, and a thriving open software ecosystem. This enables us to address multiple diversified, uncorrelated markets of High-Performance Computing (HPC), AI, and blockchain. Led by an accomplished team with a proven track record, it has a unique and strongly differentiated accelerated computing solution compared to existing approaches for these markets.

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