Vaire Computing secures $4.5M to create near zero-energy silicon chips using reversible computing

With the current advances in AI technology, there is a high demand for improving energy consumption and performance in chips. Reversible computing – an alternative to classic computing that performs calculations while generating a relatively negligible amount of heat – has the potential to reduce energy consumption and the need for cooling. 

This is why we are excited to back Vaire Computing, a London- and Seattle-based company that leverages reversible computing to create near zero-energy silicon chips. 

Founded in 2021 by serial entrepreneur Rodolfo Rosini and scientist Hannah Earley –  a well-known reversible computing researcher from the University of Cambridge – Vaire Computing aims to solve the global chip crisis as the end of Moore’s Law approaches amid the current AI boom.

Rodolfo Rosini, founder and CEO, highlights:

“Moore’s Law will be obsolete within the next four years – perhaps sooner given the rapid pace of AI innovation. In order to increase the world’s computing power, we need chips that offer more power without consuming more energy. Vaire Computing’s near zero-energy chips promise advanced AI at a fraction of the energy cost with an architecture that can scale for decades. We are excited about this next phase of our company’s development and look forward to delivering our first chip in the next twelve months.”

On why we invested in Vaire Computing, our Managing Director Carlos Espinal comments:

“We are incredibly excited to be working with Rodolfo, Hannah and the rest of the Vaire team building the future of compute. Transistor performance is approaching its limit. Fabs have always positioned processors closer and closer together to improve performance, generating more and more heat. This energy dissipates inefficiently, warming the chip. The heat creates a limit or ‘thermal wall’, past which chips warp and throttle. Vaire solves this problem with reversible computing which reuses the energy as work, unlocking the next frontier of chip density concentration and extending Moore’s Law decades into the future. Reversible computing was actually discovered in 1961, and the resonator – the missing piece of the stack – was designed last year; we can’t wait to support the journey and work with the best from AMD, Arm and Sandia Labs. “

We are excited to participate in Vaire’s $4 million Seed funding round co-led by 7percent Ventures and Jude Gomila, an early investor in multiple unicorns including Astranis and Solugen, together with Clim8, and angel investors. The company had previously raised $500,000, bringing its total funding to $4.5 million.

Vaire Computing also hired Mike Frank, the world’s leading researcher in reversible computing, as Senior Scientist. Vaire Computing now has the highest concentration of reversible computing talent in the world. 

The company aims to hire additional engineering talent and fast track the company’s first prototype. Vaire was also recently one of only ten companies named to the second UK cohort of Intel Ignite, Intel’s global startup accelerator program for early-stage deep tech startups.  

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