Startup created by UW-Madison professor debuts specialized computer chip

A startup company created by a University of Wisconsin-Madison computer science professor is gearing up to sell its high-performance, programmable computer chip, which the company’s founder said can crunch data at higher capacities for data centers, smartphones and even intelligent cameras.

The chip, called Mozart, was developed over a 10-year period by UW-Madison professor Karu Sankaralingam, the founder and CEO of SimpleMachines, along with research students at UW-Madison.

Sankaralingam started developing the chip after noticing smartphones and laptops were not getting better. Through his research, he determined computer chips could be made smaller, but if built the same way, would not have better performance, meaning they couldn’t yield faster results.

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