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Neurophos Raises $7.2 Million Round to Create Super-fast, Energy-Efficient Metamaterial-Based Optical AI Chips for Data Centers

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🔖 Topics: Funding Event

🏢 Organizations: Neurophos, Metacept, Gates Frontier, Duke University


Neurophos, a spinout from Duke University and Metacept Inc., has raised a $7.2M USD seed round to productize a breakthrough in both metamaterials and optical AI inference chips. The company has been funded in a round led by Gates Frontier and supported by MetaVC, Mana Ventures, and others. The seed funding will enable the production of a proprietary metasurface that serves as a tensor core processor enabled by its advanced optical properties. The company will also hire a team of engineers in Austin, Texas, a major silicon engineering hub.

Neurophos’ optical metasurfaces are designed for use in data centers and their approach is already shattering world records in computational energy efficiency. Neurophos plans to use high-speed silicon photonics to drive a metasurface in-memory processor capable of fast, efficient, AI compute.

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