Updated Sep. 14, 2017 at 12:08 p.m.

Startup profile: Infinity Gates, an NCSU-backed bringing chaos theory to hardware for AI, IoT

Published: 2017-09-14 11:57:00
Updated: 2017-09-14 12:08:15

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The three employees at Infinity Gates are developing hardware to support artificial intelligence and Internet of Things through utilization of nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory. While AI and IoT are seen as "the future," this startup says hardware is needed to support new applications. And they believe their tech is the answer.

And progress, CEO Behnam, is being made:

  • "We have designed and fabricated proof of concept and integrated circuits that demonstrate the technology works
  • "Accolades: NASA's 2017 semifinalist for technologies that can address the challenges facing space exploration and life on planet earth."

Kia, a PhD, explains that the company is utilizing technology licensed from N.C. State with the following mission:

Behnam Kia"AI and IoT are the future, and they are already dominating and changing the world as we know it. These new technologies require special hardware, and the race is on to design and build specific hardware for these new applications.

"We have designed and developed our hardware over the past 10 years in the university using millions of dollars of research grants. We believe that now is the opportune time for this hardware and we can deploy it to these emerging fields and needs. 

"We have a simple business plan: to further design and develop the technology towards these applications to prove its commercial viability, and then sell the technology to larger companies. We believe that a 2-3 year design and development period will be sufficient to prove the viability of the technology. 

"Based on the sales prices for similar startup companies in the fields of AI and IoT, the return on any investment can be very substantial."

Infinity Gates will be presenting at the CED Tech Venture Conference on Sept. 19-20.

This profile is the latest in a series written, edited and published by WRAL TechWire in partnership with the CED.


Profile: Infinity Gates

  • Website: http://www.infinitygates.com/
  • Email contact: behnam@infinitygates.com
  • CEO: Behnam Kia, PhD
  • How many employees? Three to date.
  • Link to CED Tech Venture Company Profile: https://cednc.org/company-profile/infinitygates

​The Q&A:

  • What is the focus of your business?

Designing and developing this novel hardware and evaluating its performance in target applications, thereby proving its commercial viability, and eventually having the technology acquired by larger consumer product companies.

  • What is the top pain point/business application you are seeking to address?

Artificial Intelligence and IoT nodes are our prime targets. We design hardware that better matches the needs of these rapidly emerging applications.

  • What makes it unique?

The hardware is designed based on nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory. Our brains function based on these concepts as well! Chaos – commonly known as the butterfly effect – implies that any small change alters the behavior of a chaotic system.  We use this same concept to design circuits that we can control by small inputs to alter their operations and therefore implement a flexible, reconfigurable hardware.

  • Why should investors be interested in your firm?

AI and IoT are the future, and they are already dominating and changing the world as we know it. These new technologies require special hardware, and the race is on to design and build specific hardware for these new applications.

We have designed and developed our hardware over the past 10 years in the university using millions of dollars of research grants. We believe that now is the opportune time for this hardware and we can deploy it to these emerging fields and needs.  We have a simple business plan: to further design and develop the technology towards these applications to prove its commercial viability, and then sell the technology to larger companies. 

We believe that a 2-3 year design and development period will be sufficient to prove the viability of the technology. Based on the sales prices for similar startup companies in the fields of AI and IoT, the return on any investment can be very substantial.

  • How are you financed at this point?

We started the company and licensed the technology just recently and there are no prior investors. NC State University does provide different types of support to its startups.

The founders of the company have been financing the ongoing costs of the company to this point.

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