The Platform-as-a-Service Uses SoM (System on Module) with the New 4 Multi-Core ARM CPU and 4.6 TOPS AI Data Processor to Speed Design
eYs3D Microelectronics, a subsidiary of Etron Technology (TPEx: 5351. TW), a subsidiary of Etron Technology (TPEx: 5351. TW), launched at CES a state-of-the-art computer vision development platform for next-generation autonomous robotic applications such as AIoT (artificial intelligence of things), smart city, indoor cleaning robots, and outdoor agricultural robots for both industrial and retail sectors.
The platform, called XINK, is both a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) as well as a hardware and software development kit that is a cost-effective solution for design of safe, vision-capable mobile AI products equipped with field analysis, object recognition, obstacle detection, object tracking and following, and route planning functions.
XINK provides all the necessary elements for product development, including high-performance compute power, AI accelerator, I/O controls and Flexi-bus communication peripherals, smart power management and machine vision subsystems. The modular XINK platform takes care of low-level programming, freeing developers to use cut-and-paste coding for application-specific design while reducing design cycles for quicker commercialization.
XINK has versatile Imaging Signal Processing (ISP) support features. XINK opens to integrate the ISP inside as well as supports external ISP solutions, like eYs3D's eSP87x series stereo video and depth processor. The eYs3D stereo video and depth camera, empowered by eSP87x, can be connected to the XINK platform via USB to capture video and depth stream for 3D data creation and for AI/ML analysis. The edge AI processing is powered by eYs3D's new eCV1 AI chip that incorporates four Core ARM 64-Bit CPUs and a 4.6 TOPS neural processor unit (NPU). An additional low power ARM Cortex M4 processor can be used as an MCU. The platform supports various AI inference tools including Tenorflow, Tensorflow Lite, PyTorch, Caffe, TVM and more.
According to Grand View Research the global autonomous robot market size is expected to reach $10.66B by 2030, a CAGR of 16.8% from 2022, in part due to expansion in materials handling needs.
"New technologies have enabled surging market growth for artificial intelligence, and Semiconductor play the core role," said Dr Nicky Lu, Chairman, CEO, and Founder of Etron. "In addition to establishing an AI ecosystem and developing key technologies, we are proud of Launching Xink today. These intelligent product chipsets and microsystem have strong supports from close collaborations from our Foundry and OSAT partners,
AI-on-Chip Taiwan Alliance (台灣人工智慧聯盟), Department of Industrial Technology (DoIT技術處), and Ministry of Economic Affairs (經濟部). Their unceasing efforts to establish an excellent industrial environment aimed at facilitating ongoing innovation and a concrete ecosystem for AI."
"New technologies have enabled surging market growth for mobile robotics," said James Wang, Chief Strategy Officer of eYs3D. "Mobile autonomy must be accompanied by advances in computer vision to enable new areas of robotic deployment, including accurate picking and packing; moving, sorting and efficiently storing items; autonomous navigation; and other markets. Our XINK platform will allow rapid, one-stop development of vision capabilities for these applications, and we expect to host a community of developers who will both provide and benefit from contributed building blocks."
XINK offers multiple benefits:
Industry 4.0 application readiness, via high-speed communications and conformance to IEEE 1588 standards.
Effective power management, including with sleep and deep sleep modes for unused blocks, supporting always-on capability.
Superior computing performance through the quad-core Cortex A55 and the 4.6 TOPS NPU in the eCV1 chip, which provides dedicated machine learning instructions, a patented neural network engine, and Tensor Processing Fabric.
Highly flexible image and computer vision processing for domain-specific applications
It also supplies developers with H.264 compression for easy video streaming. XINK's Crypto Engine includes ARM's TrustZone for security as well as a pseudorandom number generator and a variety of other encryption to protect user data through hardware-based isolation.
The XINK platform will be introduced at CES 2023, January 5-8. eYs3D will demonstrate the development framework at 2 booth locations, one at the LVCC, Booth #15769, Central Hall and the other in the Venetian at Eureka Park, Booth 62500, AT1, Hall G.
About eYs3D Microelectronics
eYs3D Microelectronics Corp. is a pioneer in 3D sensing technologies, and aims to develop semiconductor oriented technologies and products related to 3D vision-simulating computer vision technologies integrated with computer intelligence. With its strong foundation and experience in memory design and computer vision, as well as close co-operation with its parent company, Etron Technology, Inc., and ARM Holdings Plc., eYs3D strives to develop new technologies to take advantage of computer vision chips and subsystems. It targets blue-ocean markets such as smart products, intelligence of things (IoT), and industrial and consumer level automation, to become a leading brand in the market of computer vision processing. For more information, visit www.eys3d.com
About Etron Technology, Inc.
Etron Technology, Inc. (TPEx: 5351.TW) is a world-class fabless and heterogeneous integration IC design company that specializes in application-driven buffer memory, known-good die memory (KGDM), long-retention time DRAM (RPC DRAM), and other artificial intelligence and machine learning induced DRAM products. Etron also develops system-in-packages, including high-speed transfer interface chips of USB Type-C, and 3D depth sensing computer vision and panoramic image capturing chips. www.etron.com