Ingonyama Raises $20 Million from Samsung to Develop ZK Crypto Chips
The company is developing a programmable parallel computing processor, akin to a GPU — that will specifically accelerate zero-knowledge proofs and fully homomorphic encryption, pushing the boundaries of advanced cryptography.
The funding round attracted notable venture capital funds, including Walden Catalyst, Geometry, Blue Yard Capital and others, signaling strong market confidence in Ingonyama’s technology. These investors, including those relying on zero-knowledge proof technology like StarkWare, recognize the potential impact of the company’s work in the field of privacy and security.
Ingonyama’s Vision for Privacy
Omer Shlomovits, CEO and co-founder of Ingonyama and an alumnus of IDF’s elite Unit 8200, has set his sights on creating technologies that enhance privacy in previously vulnerable areas. Shlomovits’ expertise, particularly from his tenure at the crypto company Zango, informs the company’s direction towards facilitating secure and private data transactions.
Founded in 2022 and based in Petah Tikva, the company boasts a 25-person team with deep roots in the chip industry, including CTO Michael Asa and VP R&D Danny Sterman. The team is currently leveraging GPUs to develop open-source software that efficiently runs the advanced cryptography their chip will eventually support.
The Shift from Software to Hardware
The company’s first chip aims to revolutionize processing of zero-knowledge proofs and encryption by providing a hardware solution that enhances efficiency and security. Ingonyama’s Shlomovits believes that the ongoing interest from investors, even amidst the backdrop of war, indicates the sector’s resilience and the critical nature of cybersecurity.
Ingonyama’s technology strives to enable secure sharing of sensitive data like hospital records, ensuring confidentiality in sectors where privacy is crucial. Shlomovits also emphasized the company’s commitment to providing a supportive structure for employees during challenging times, reflecting the company’s human-centric approach amidst its technological advancements.
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