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FWDNXT to develop next-gen software & hardware for deep learning


Computer intelligence technology at Purdue University has taken its next massive leap towards powering more IoT and edge computing devices. FWDNXT, a Purdue University-affiliated startup, is reportedly developing cutting-edge software and hardware for deep learning to enable computers to comprehend surrounding in a similar way humans do.

Sources cite that the startup has created a low-power mobile coprocessor named Snowflake to boost deep neural networks for effective classification and image recognition. Snowflake was mainly developed to optimize computational efficiency by processing multiple streams of information to mix artificial intelligence and deep machine learning techniques with augmented reality applications.

Eugenio Culurciello, Associate Professor, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue, claims that Snowflake can achieve a computational efficiency of over 91% on complete convolutional neural networks, a deep learning model of choice for carrying out classification, object detection, semantic, natural language processing, and semantic segmentation tasks. Snowflake can achieve 99% efficiency on some individual layers.

Culurciello claims that the startup has a special computer that can quickly operate on large data faster with low power consumption. FWDNXT’s mission is to stir machine intelligence technology to the next level and enable computers to understand the environment so phones, computers, tablets, robots and wearables can be helpful in daily activities.

According to sources, FWDNXT’s innovation in software and hardware will be leveraged in autonomous cars, face recognition, and several day-to-day purposes. Meanwhile, with the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization, FWDNEXT has filed patent applications for Snowflake.

Culurciello also credits the Purdue Foundry for helping FWDNXT to come up with a business plan that will help expand its business and attract investors. For the uninitiated, the Purdue Foundry is a commercialization and entrepreneurship accelerator in Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship that encourages Purdue innovators to create new startups.

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