Leading AI Chipmaker Hailo Partners with Macnica in Japan

[Tokyo, Japan & Tel Aviv, Israel, Sep 1st, 2021] –Top Artificial Intelligence (AI) chipmaker Hailo has partnered with Macnica, a leading global semiconductor distributor, to sell Hailo’s products in Japan. The agreement with Macnica will allow Hailo to expand its presence in Japan, extending its reach to customers in fields such as smart retail, smart cities, smart homes, industry 4.0, and beyond.

The agreement is part of Hailo’s strategy to strengthen partnerships with existing customers in Japan, while expanding further into other Asia-Pacific markets to enable companies from a wide array of industries to accelerate AI computing performance at the edge. Hailo will continue to offer its innovative product line to customers in the region, including its specialized AI processor for edge devices, the Hailo-8™, as well as its M.2 and Mini PCIe high-performance AI acceleration modules.

“Working with Macnica will significantly strengthen our presence in the Asia-Pacific region, where interest in Edge AI solutions continues to rise,” said Orr Danon, CEO of Hailo. “This comes with growing demand from Japanese customers as they seek to empower their devices with AI capabilities at the edge. We were impressed by Macnica’s mission statement, as well as their strong relationship with customers, and we are confident that with our collaboration, we will further expand our offerings in the region.”

“We are excited to work with a leading company like Hailo, as we see the vast potential of their innovative AI solutions at the edge,” said Yusuke Kobayashi, Macnica Altima company president. “Our deep experience supplying semiconductors and other innovative technologies to this key market, combined with Hailo’s state-of-the-art AI products and team’s capabilities, will bring significant value to customers in Japan.”

The partnership follows the establishment of Hailo Japan G.K., Hailo’s wholly owned subsidiary located in Tokyo, led by former Sony executive Hiro Uchida.

The Hailo-8™ delivers unprecedented performance to edge devices. Featuring up to 26 Tera Operations Per Second (TOPS), the module is built with an innovative architecture that enables edge devices to run sophisticated deep learning applications that could previously only run on the cloud. Hailo-8’s advanced structure translates into higher performance, lower power, and minimal latency, enabling enhanced privacy and better reliability for smart devices operating at the edge.