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SoC interconnect solution specifically for AI

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By Rich Pell

It includes advanced features such as multicast and broadcast to improve performance and efficiency in AI-enabled SoCs and accelerator ASICs used for datacenters, autonomous vehicles, AR/VR, and advanced video analytics.

The new solution builds on NetSpeed’s silicon-proven Orion IP which has been licensed to pioneering AI companies including Horizon Robotics, Cambricon, Baidu and Esperanto.

“Inside these new SOCs there is a new data flow,” explains Sundari Mitra, CEO of NetSpeed. “Typically, there are a large number of compute elements which need to perform peer to peer data exchange rapidly and efficiently.”

“Previous architectures operated differently, with processing units using a central memory as an interchange system. AI systems need ‘any-to-any’ data exchanges that benefit from wide interfaces and need to support long bursts. One of the key advantages that Orion AI brings is the ability to support many multicast requests and to support non-blocking transfers.”

Orion AI was designed to provide extreme performance—terabits of on-chip bandwidth—and has an underlying architecture that can support thousands of compute engines. It provides super-wide data paths with interfaces of up to 1024 bits, higher for internal structures, and can support long bursts of up to 4K Bytes.

NetSpeed Systems – www.netspeedsystems.com


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