Artificial Intelligence

Intelligent vision platform for embedded AI SoC deployed

19th June 2018
Alex Lynn

It has been announced by CEVA that Artosyn Microelectronics, a supplier of drone and robots System-on-Chip (SoCs) in China, has licensed and deployed the CEVA-XM4 intelligent vision platform to power the computer vision and deep learning workloads of its upcoming AR9X01 Artificial Intelligence (AI) SoC.

Bo Shen, CTO of Artosyn, stated: "At Artosyn, we are constantly pushing the boundaries of drone innovation, adding new features and technologies that improve performance, flight time and autonomy. The CEVA-XM4 intelligent vision platform provides us with the processing capabilities and the development suite to truly harness the power of AI in our drone SoC designs.”

The AR9X01 uses multiple CEVA-XM4 cores to analyse the real-time flight environment and make use of AI for a range of tasks including object detection, classification and tracking. Due to the inherent low power nature of running computer vision algorithms and deep learning inference on the CEVA-XM4 platform compared to CPU or GPU based alternatives, the AR9X01 aims to allow drone manufacturers to maximise flight time and improve overall drone performance.

Ilan Yona, Vice President and General Manager of CEVA’s Vision Business Unit said: “Our CEVA-XM family of intelligent vision processors, and artificial intelligence co-processors continue to lead the industry for vision-based machine learning in embedded devices. We’re pleased to announce Artosyn, a proven leader in the drone space, as the latest in a long line of customers who have chosen to adopt our CEVA-XM4 platform, enabling them to leverage the capabilities of AI for their AR9X01 SoC.”

CEVA’s latest generation imaging and vision platforms address the processing requirements and low power constraints of machine learning and machine vision applications used in smartphones, surveillance, AR and VR, drones and self-driving cars. These DSP-based platforms include a hybrid architecture composed of scalar and vector DSP processors and hardware accelerators, coupled with an Application Development Kit (ADK) to streamline software deployment. The CEVA ADK includes: CEVA-Link for software level integration with a host processor; a range of optimised software algorithms and, development and debugging tools.

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