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Vision-on-chip processor combines AI, dual-camera ISP

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By Rich Pell

Vision-on-chip processor specialist Inuitive has announced an expansion of its Vision and AI IC portfolio with the launch of the NU4100 3D imaging and vision processor. Based on the company’s unique architecture and advanced 12nm process technology, the new NU4100 IC supports integrated dual-channel 4K ISP, enhanced AI processing, and depth sensing in a single-chip, low-power design, setting the new industry standard for Edge-AI performance, says the company.

The second generation of the company’s NU4x00 series of products, the NU4x00 series is offered as ideal for Robotics, Drones, VR, and Edge-AI applications that demand multiple sensor aggregation, processing, packing, and streaming. It is specifically designed for robots and other applications that must sense and analyze the environment using three, six, or more cameras, as they make real-time actionable decisions based on that input.

“Robots designers demand higher resolutions, an ever-increasing number of channels, and high-performing, enhanced AI and VSLAM capabilities,” says Shlomo Gadot, Inuitive’s CEO. “The NU4100 addition to the Vision-on-Chip series of processors is a true revolution, based on all integrated vision capabilities, combined in a single, complete-mission computer chip. The integrated dual-camera ISP provides much-needed flexibility without having to add more components, which, in turn, require additional processing power at a higher price point.”

“Inuitive is committed to bringing the most advanced technology to the market,” says Gadot. “NU4500, the next processor in our roadmap, is planned for tape-out on Q1 2023 with additional 8 cores of ARM A55, more than double the AI compute power and H.265 & H.264 video encoder & decoder and is to be the ultimate single-chip solution for robotic and applications.”

The new NU4100 supports multi-camera designs and can simultaneously process and stream two imager channels of up to 12MP, or 4K resolution, each at 60 frames per second (fps), while running advanced AI networks. The IC enhances the level of integration for products using the company’s technology and speeds the AI processing power by 2X-4X while consuming 20% less power than Inuitive’s first generation.

Key features of of the new NU4100 include:

    • Proprietary Inuitive Depth Vision Accelerators (IDVA):
      • High-throughput, low-latency, depth-from-stereo HW engine
      • SLAM HW Accelerators
      • General purpose Imaging/Vision engines

 

  • Dual camera ISP unit – up to 12Mp per video stream
  • Dual-core Vision-DSP with 384GOPs – optimized for computer vision functions
  • Efficient AI Engine with 3.2TOPs processing power for DNN
  • ARM Cortex-A5 CPU running Linux OS
  • Connectivity for up to 6 Camera devices
  • Fast interfaces – USB3.0, MIPI CSI/DSI – Rx & Tx, LPDDR4 and more

 

NU4100 samples are available and will be ready for mass production by January 2023. Customer products powered by NU4100 will be available starting 1Q 2023.

Inuitive


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