Neural processing core available as IP for AI edge designs

June 03, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Neural processing core available as IP for AI edge designs
Neuromorphic computing company BrainChip Holdings (Sydney, Australia) has announced that its Akida neural processing core (NPC) is now available to license as intellectual property (IP) for integration within application specific integrated circuits (ASICs).

The Akida NPC, says the company, is now available to license as an IP block for incorporation into ASICs provided by semiconductor suppliers developing artificial intelligence enabled "edge" devices. Applications at the edge include intelligent environmental controls, driver safety monitoring, vehicle safety and preventative maintenance, medical image classification, wearable health monitors, retail item recognition, access control, the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and acoustic analysis.

Offered as a first-in-kind solution for ASIC integration, the Akida NPC is claimed to provide unprecedented performance, configurability, low power, and small size. Validation of the Akida NPC is available with the Akida Development Environment (ADE), which fully simulates the Akida NPC size, performance, and power and can be verified in a field programmable gate array (FPGA).

The Akida NPC IP, is modular, flexible, small, and operates at power levels depending on the processing demands of the application. Unlike with 'accelerators,' which only perform fast multiplications and additions, says the company, the client's entire neural network runs within the Akida neural fabric.

Suppliers of smart sensors represent significant opportunities for early adopters to integrate the Akida NPC.

"From the start, our goal has been to build a revolutionary integrated circuit which brings artificial intelligence to edge devices, and to provide our intellectual property on a licensed basis to the world," says Peter van der Made, BrainChip Founder and CTO. "The small size, high performance, low power, and reconfigurable nature of the Akida IP provides ASIC integrators with a unique solution for incorporation into their products over multiple generations and serves to improve their ASIC performance. The market is ready for artificial intelligence in edge devices.”

BrainChip Holdings


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