Neuromorphic processor dev kits now available

October 22, 2021 // By Rich Pell
Neuromorphic processor dev kits now available
Neuromorphic processor maker BrainChip has announced that it will be taking orders on two development kits for its Akida advanced neural networking processor.

The development kits will enable partners, large enterprises, and OEMs to begin internal testing and validation of the company's high-performance, small, ultra-low-power AI chip. The Akida NSoC and intellectual property are designed to enable a wide array of edge AI capabilities that include continuous learning and inference.

The two development kits - an X86 Shuttle PC development kit , as well as an ARM-based Raspberry Pi development kit - both include the company's AKD1000 chip on a mini-PCI board.

“Offering development kits is not only a major step towards full commercialization," says Anil Mankar, BrainChip co-founder and chief development officer, "it’s also an exciting opportunity to see how our partners and future customers will put Akida to work in environments and scenarios like consumer electronics, industrial applications, aerospace and defense systems, healthcare and medical devices, automotive technology, and more. We believe the AKD1000 silicon, or the licensing of Akida in a configurable IP format, will lead to major changes in industries using AI at the edge because of its performance, security, low power requirements, and mainly Akida’s ability to perform AI training and learning on the device itself, without dependency on the cloud.”

The company says that its Akida processor brings artificial intelligence to the edge in a way that existing technologies are not capable of, and enables a wide array of edge capabilities. The Akida (NSoC) and intellectual property can be used in applications, including Smart Home, Smart Health, Smart City and Smart Transportation.

These applications include, but are not limited to, home automation and remote controls, industrial IoT, robotics, security cameras, sensors, unmanned aircraft, autonomous vehicles, medical instruments, object detection, sound detection, odor and taste detection, gesture control and cybersecurity.

The Akida Shuttle PC development kit is priced at $9,995.00, while the Akida Raspberry Pi development kit is $4,995.00.

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