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Synopsys' New Embedded Vision Processor IP Delivers

Highlights: Synopsys, Inc.(Nasdaq:SNPS) today introduced its new DesignWare® ARC® EV7x Embedded Vision Processor family with Deep Neural Network (DNN) accelerator for machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) edge applications.

The ARC EV7x Vision Processors integrate up to four enhanced vision processing units (VPUs) and a DNN accelerator with up to 14,080 MACs to deliver up to 35 TOPS performance in 16-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technologies under typical conditions, 4X the performance of the ARC EV6x processors.

The combination of high-performance vision engine and DNN accelerator with high-productivity programming tools make the ARC EV7x Embedded Vision Processors ideal for a broad range of vision applications, including advanced driver assist systems (ADAS), video surveillance, smart home, and augmented and virtual reality.

'The new EV7x Vision Processors optimize the execution of linear algebra and matrix math operations to accelerate processing on simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) and its related solutions, such as real-time tracking for AR/VR and localization for autonomous driving while increasing the accuracy of environmental maps,' said Tomo Ohno, chief executive officer and co-founder at Kudan.

The optional DNN accelerator scales from 880 to 14,080 MACs and employs a specialized architecture for faster memory access, higher performance, and better power efficiency than alternative neural network IP.

In addition to supporting convolutional neural networks (CNNs), the DNN accelerator supports batched long short-term memories (LSTMs) for applications that require time-based results, such as predicting the location of a pedestrian based on their observed path and speed.

The functional safety-enhanced processors offer hardware safety features, safety monitors, and lockstep capabilities that enable designers to achieve stringent levels of functional safety and fault coverage without significant impact on power or performance.

'ULSee's facial tracking and computer vision algorithms running on ARC EV7x Vision Processors give our mutual customers high-performance, power-efficient solutions for edge applications such as automotive ADAS and mobile,' said Dr. Yi-Ta Wu, vice president of Engineering (auto team leader) at ULSee.

Whether you're a system-on-chip (SoC) designer creating advanced semiconductors, or a software developer writing applications that require the highest security and quality, Synopsys has the solutions needed to deliver innovative, high-quality, secure products.