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$9 Million

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Brief Overview


Azimuth AI, Inc., a custom silicon product fabless semiconductor company is raising $9 million of equity to fund the company’s growth and to fulfill the delivery of smart metering System-on-Chip (SoC) product under contract with a global Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customer.

  • Custom Silicon Product fabless semiconductor company
  • Differentiated Software Defined Silicon (SDS) IP and SoC methodology
  • Delivering 30% to 50% cost reduction with custom products and SDS approach
  • Highly customized silicon simplifies customer engineering and supply chain
  • Manufacturing partner for silicon wafers is the largest chip foundry in the world
  • R&D on 1st product underway with design services, IPs and EDA tool partnerships
  • Experienced team from silicon valley and India with 100+ yrs. of experience in the Industry

Robust Offtake Agreement, IP and Team

General Purpose vs. Custom Silicon

Azimuth AI Value Proposition


Deliver >10X Performance improvement and new customized features while lowering cost by up to 50%  

Silicon size/area reduction, Printed circuit board (PCB) area reduction

Increased silicon utilization with 5x efficiency deliver higher performance

SDS cores deliver cost efficient dense compute capability on device

By consolidating many ICs into one, system power/energy consumption is lowered

Reduces engineering complexity for customer by use of one SoC vs. many ICs

System reliability is increased due to higher integration of functions into single SoC

Praven Yasarapu | Founder and CEO

  • 24 years of experience in the semiconductor industry having held various positions in General Management, Product Management, Business Development and Engineering functions at Intel and Dell
  • Led product management for many firsts including Intel’s first SOC CPU and Intel’s first Data Center GPUs. Successfully managed delivery of custom chip projects including the custom chips for Google and Meta developed at Intel
  • Prior to founding Azimuth AI, managed the product management and roadmap team responsible for AI and HPC products including Central Processing Unit (CPU), Custom ASICs, GPUs, Server Systems and software at Intel
  • MBA from the Wharton School of Business and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Kentucky

Raghu Chavali | VP Hardware Engineering

  • 23 years of experience building System-on-Chip products. Has built 15+ silicon products on Intel factories and TSMC foundry among others
  • Experienced Engineering Manager with 23 years in the semiconductor industry. Demonstrated history of leading large multi geo Engineering teams
  • Strong engineering professional skilled in HW Design, Verification, Device Drivers, Go-to-market Strategy, Supply Chain Management and Technical Program Management
  • MS in Electrical Engineering and MBA from University of California – Davis, USA

Subash Sudireddy | VP Software Engineering

  • Director of Graphics Software Engineering Manager at Intel Corporation. Led a global team of engineers and managers in delivering innovative and high-performance graphics products for client and data center segments
  • Over 18 years of experience in the semiconductor device software industry with strong background in software development, driver integration, debug, validation, vendor engagement, and customer/OEM engagement
  • Passionate about building and managing diverse and inclusive teams, fostering a culture of collaboration and excellence, and developing the next generation of software leaders. MBA from the University of California, Davis, with a focus on strategy, and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Tennessee Technological University.

Sri Badiga | Founder and CGO – Leads Customer Acquisition and Sales

  • Leads and manages all customer acquisitions for Azimuth AI – TCS, TVS Motors, Sun Mobility, Tata Motors Limited, Others. Ran a cross-border advisory practice, working closely with a network of Family Offices and Institutional Investors in the Middle East
  • Deep relationships with top-tier Indian corporates. Extensive international experience, primarily in Corp Finance, Retail and Advisory roles, having worked in NYC, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and Dubai
  • Was a part of Gap Inc.’s Corporate Finance team based in San Francisco evaluating international expansion opportunities for Gap Inc.’s brands. Former Investment Banker with JP Morgan in New York City and Hong Kong focusing on the Power and Infrastructure sector in Asia
  • MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, BBA in Accounting from Hofstra University in New York

Sylvia Downing | Technical Advisor, SoC and AI Architecture

  • Technical advisor to Azimuth AI. Previously was at Intel as an AI Architect with extensive experience inventing, standardizing and bringing new technologies to market.
  • Over 34 years in semiconductor industry with  expertise including SoC architecture, process technology, IP design and architecture, system design and software development.
  • Built many innovative technologies including multi-modal AI sensing for presence detection/noise suppression/transcription, low power graphics SoCs, Media and Video IPs, HDMI technology and Display Port / HDCP standards development.

S Ramadorai | Mentor (Ex-Chairman and CEO, Tata Consulting Services)

  • Was the Vice Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services, a company he was associated with for 36 years. Was also the chairman of Tata Elxsi, Tata Technologies, CMC and CRL, and on the boards of Tata Industries, Hindustan Unilever, Bombay Stock Exchange and MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in January 2006 in recognition of commitment and dedication to the IT industry
  • Was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in April 2009 for his contribution to Indo-British economic relations
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