GSI Technology, Inc., developer of the Gemini® Associative Processing Unit (APU) for AI and high-performance parallel computing and a leading provider of high-performance memory solutions for the networking, telecommunications, and military markets, today announced it has been selected by AFWERX for an SBIR Direct-to-Phase II contract in the amount of $1.1 million to demonstrate high-data computation use cases leveraging the distinct compute in-memory architecture of its next-generation Associative Processing Unit-2 (APU2).

GSI will create specialized algorithms for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to leverage the compute-in-memory architecture of the Gemini APU. This chip is designed for various AI applications to tackle key challenges in the Department of the Air Force (DAF), including in-aircraft search and rescue, object detection, moving target indication, change detection, and SSIM in GPS-absent situations. GSI will also develop algorithms using data from the United States Space Force (USSF) to showcase the performance benefits of their compute-in-memory APU2 integrated circuit).

Lee-Lean Shu, CEO of GSI Technology, stated, "Our next-gen APU2 compute in-memory IC is uniquely equipped to address AFRL's big data challenges, aiming to enhance mission capabilities through efficient real-time data management. With its scalable design, compact size, and low power consumption, our APU2 is ideal for edge applications like moving target indication and anomaly detection. These capabilities support the Air Force in swiftly identifying and responding to threats, bolstering national security and technological superiority."

The Air Force Research Laboratory and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) process by accelerating the small business experience through faster proposal to award timelines, changing the pool of potential applicants by expanding opportunities to small business and eliminating bureaucratic overhead by continually implementing process improvement changes in contract execution. The DAF began offering the Open Topic SBIR/STTR program in 2018, which expanded the range of innovations the DAF funded. Now, GSI Technology will start its journey to create and provide innovative capabilities that will strengthen the national defense of the United States of America.

“The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.”