Lattice Semiconductor has launched something called Lattice sensAI, which it describes as “a complete technology stack” combining modular hardware kits, neural network IP cores, software tools, reference designs and custom design services.
The company says the purpose is to accelerate the integration of machine learning inferencing into broad market IoT applications.
With solutions optimized for ultra-low power consumption (under 1 mW–1 W), small package size (5.5 mm2 –100 mm2), interface flexibility (MIPI CSI-2, LVDS, GigE, and so on), and high-volume pricing (~$1-$10 USD), Lattice sensAI stack fast-tracks implementation of edge computing close to the source of data.
Deepak Boppana, senior director, product and segment marketing at Lattice Semiconductor, says: “Lattice sensAI addresses the unmet need for flexible, low cost, ultra-low power AI silicon solutions suited for rapid deployment across a wide range of emerging, mass market IoT applications.
“By delivering a full-featured machine learning inferencing technology stack combining flexible, ultra-low power FPGA hardware and software solutions, the Lattice sensAI stack accelerates integration of on-device sensor data processing and analytics in edge devices.
“These new edge computing solutions build on our leadership in FPGAs for edge connectivity, implementing flexible sensor interface bridging and data aggregation in high-volume IoT applications, including smart speakers, surveillance cameras, industrial robots and drones.”
Michael Palma, research director at IDC, says: “The Edge is getting smarter with more computing capabilities being deployed for real-time processing of data from an expanding range of sensors, as seen in the consumer IoT space, and the emergence of artificial intelligence is only accelerating this trend.
“Low power, small size, and low-cost silicon solutions that can perform such local sensor data processing, will be critical for implementation of AI in various broad market edge applications.”
As the industry continues to adopt machine learning technology, latency, privacy and network bandwidth limitations are increasingly pushing computing to the Edge.
IHS Markit expects 40B IoT devices at the Edge between 2018 and 2025, and predicts that in the next 5-10 years, the convergence of transformative technologies like IoT, AI-based edge computing and cloud analytics are expected together to disrupt each and every industry vertical and domain, as well as to foster new business opportunities.
Semico Research predicts unit growth for edge devices with AI will explode increasing over 110% CAGR over the next five years.
To address the computing opportunities at the Edge, Lattice’s sensAI stack includes the following:
Modular Hardware Platforms – ECP5TM device-based Video Interface Platform (VIP), including the award-winning Embedded Vision Development Kit, and iCE40 UltraPlusTM device-based Mobile Development Platform (MDP).
IP Cores – Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) accelerator and Binarized Neural Network (BNN) accelerator.
Software Tools – Neural network compiler tool for Caffe/TensorFlow to FPGA, Lattice RadiantTM design software, Lattice Diamond design software.
Reference Designs – Face detection, key phrase detection, object counting, face tracking, and speed sign detection.
Design Services – Eco-system of design service partners delivers custom solutions for broad market applications, including smart home, smart city, and smart factory.