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AI, Hardware, and a Canadian Hardware Unicorn

AI, Hardware, and a Canadian Hardware Unicorn
Me lecturing the panelists for some reason. Photo courtesy of Scale AI & Melanie Olmstead.

Did you know that there is a remarkably successful Canadian hardware company building AI-focused hardware and software that's competing with Nvidia, ARM, Apple, and other top tier chip manufacturers? Well, it's Tenstorrent, and it's based in Toronto.

At the inaugural ALL IN conference this year in Montréal, I had a chance to sit down with the senior director of business development, Eric Duffy. He'd just come out of a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and talked to me on the BetaKit podcast about innovation in Canada, why car companies like Hyundai and Kia would invest in a post-Series C convertible note (!) into the company, and lots and lots of nerdy talk on chips and architectures.

Check it out below on BetaKit and find a link to your favourite podcast provider there.

Why Korean car makers want Tenstorrent’s AI hardware
Eric Duffy explains why Tenstorrent’s leadership pedigree and open standard tech have attracted interest from Korean auto and consumer electronic companies.

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