VeriSilicon's Artificial Intelligence Engine Delivers Multi-Sensory Experiences in NXP's i.MX 8 flagship Applications Processor
Vivante GC7000XS/VX Vision GPU brings artificial intelligencecapability to NXP's i.MX 8
Shanghai, China,Jun 7,2017 - VeriSilicon Holdings Co., Ltd. (VeriSilicon) today announced that NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) has selected its Vivante GC7000XS/VX Vision GPUs for use with NXP’s latest flagship i.MX 8 applications processor.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) will soon be a part of everyday lives thanks to NXP’s latest i.MX 8. AI can solve problems much the way that the human brain does by detecting and classifying patterns in audio, video and sensor data. This problem-solving ability allows i.MX 8 to do things considered impossible by a SoC only a few short years ago like natural language processing and image / object detection. This ability is powered by the VeriSilicon Vivante GC7000XS/VX Vision GPUs that has built-in AI engines.
While AI has been deployed in software for years now, i.MX 8 marks one of the first instances of an AI engine being represented in silicon and enables a whole host of new practical AI applications in the embedded device market.
“When we started planning for i.MX 8 -- we knew that we wanted to include the ability to go beyond just sophisticated graphics and audio,” said Geoff Lees, senior vice president and general manager of microcontrollers at NXP. “We wanted i.MX 8 to be able to understand what it was seeing, hearing and sensing and the Vivante GC7000XS/VX brought us that unique capability in a powerful, yet power efficient IP package. We are excited about the prospects of helping our customers exploit this groundbreaking technology inside of i.MX 8 with their products.”
“We are delighted that NXP chose the GC7000XS/VX Vision GPU for their i.MX 8 product family. NXP’s early adoption of the AI and GPU combined processor (GC7000, VIP7000) showed tremendous foresight and i.MX 8 has arrived at exactly the right time for markets requiring embedded AI. Today,thegeneral application processor SoC providers are rapidly moving toward incorporate AI capabilities.” said Weijin Dai, Executive Vice President and GM of Intellectual Property Division at VeriSilicon. “This is a continuation of our strong partnership with NXP delivering highly efficient graphics and AI solutions to the i.MX family from i.MX 6 to i.MX 7 and now i.MX 8 with the best in class Power, Performance and Area (PPA) to NXP’s scalable i.MX family solutions.”
Strong AI Ecosystem
The GC7000XS/VX implementation inside i.MX 8 fully supports industry standard APIs essential for development of embedded AI solutions including highly optimized OpenCL and OpenVXdrivers. Also available is the Vivante ACUITYTMSDK that enables neural net training via a complete set of IDE tools.
VeriSilicon Holdings Co., Ltd. (VeriSilicon) is a Silicon Platform as a Service (SiPaaS®) company that provides comprehensive System on a Chip (SoC) and System in a Package (SiP) solutions for a wide range of end markets including mobile internet devices, datacenters, the Internet of Things (IoT), automotive, industrial, and medical electronics. Our machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies are well positioned to address the movement to “intelligent” devices. SiPaaS provides our customers a substantial head start in the semiconductor design and development process and allows the customers to focus efforts on core competency with differentiating features. Our end-to-end semiconductor turnkey services can take a design from concept to a completed, tested and packaged semiconductor chip in record time. The breadth and flexibility of our SiPaaS solutions make them performance effective and cost efficient alternatives for a variety of customer types, including both emerging and established semiconductor companies, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs), and large internet/cloud platform companies.
VeriSilicon’s camera-in, display/video out pixel processing platform includes high-fidelity ISP, embedded Vision Image Processor (VIP) with machine learning acceleration, Vivante® low power GPU and high performance GPGPU, Hantro® ultra high definition video codec, and rich featured display controller, which work seamlessly together to deliver best PPA (Performance, Power, Area). In addition, based on our ZSP® (digital signal processor) technologies, HD audio/voice platforms and multi-band/multi-mode wireless baseband platforms including BLE, Wi-Fi, NB-IoT, and 5G provide scalable architectures for both ultra-low power and extremely high performance applications. Our value-added mixed signal IP portfolio enables energy efficient Natural User Interface (NUI) platforms for voice, gesture and touch.
Founded in 2001 and head-quartered in Shanghai, China, VeriSilicon has over 600 employees with five R&D centers and nine sales offices worldwide.