Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Computing chip architect Jim Keller joins Tenstorrent as President and CTO

Hardware startup Tenstorrent has announced computing chip architect Jim Keller as its President, CTO and board member.

As CTO, Keller will lead Tenstorrent’s efforts to be the hardware solution needed to address Software 2.0, the exciting industry shift towards using machine learning methods to solve problems previously addressed by traditional software.

“There is nobody more capable of executing this vision than Jim Keller, a leader who is equally great at designing computers, cultures and organisations. I am thrilled to be working with Jim and beyond excited about the possibilities our partnership unlocks,” said Ljubisa Bajic, CEO, Tenstorrent.

Keller joined Tenstorrent following two years as Senior Vice President of Intel’s Silicon Engineering Group. He has held roles as Tesla’s Vice President of Autopilot and Low Voltage Hardware, Corporate Vice President and Chief Cores Architect at AMD and Vice President of Engineering and Chief Architect at PA Semi, which was acquired by Apple Inc.

Speaking about his new role, Keller said, “Software 2.0 is the largest opportunity for computing innovation in a long time. Victory requires a comprehensive re-thinking of compute and low-level software. Tenstorrent has made impressive progress, and with the most promising architecture out there, we are poised to become a next-gen computing giant.”

Talking about investment, Greg Reichow, partner, Eclipse Ventures and board member, Tenstorrent, said, “Tenstorrent’s differentiated approach to accelerating AI, along with the team’s pedigree, are what convinced Eclipse to initially invest in 2017. We are committed to supporting their ambitious vision, and Jim’s arrival only further bolsters our faith in that vision.”


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