Synaptics Launches Katana Edge AI Kit
Aim is to boost AI vision development and sensor fusion applications for IoT.
March 28, 2022
Synaptics Incorporated launches an Edge AI evaluation kit (EVK) for the rapid development and prototyping of artificial intelligence (AI) applications at the edge. Based on the Synaptics low-power Katana system-on-chip (SoC) platform, the kit combines vision, motion and sound detection hardware and software with wired and wireless connectivity to simplify the design and development of edge AI for the Internet of Things (IoT), including smart home, building, industrial and monitoring applications, the company reports.
Demonstrations of the kit and technical sessions around Katana will be given at the tinyML Summit this week (March 28-30) where Synaptics is a Platinum sponsor.
Synaptics Katana Edge AI EVK accelerates development of applications in smart-home security and assisted living, industrial vision solutions, smart buildings and smart cities. “The market for low-power edge AI solutions is characterized by a broad spectrum of applications that have specific use case requirements,” says Ananda Roy, senior product manager, Low-Power AI, at Synaptics. “What they have in common is that they all require intelligent and efficient detection and analysis of image, audio, voice and motion data.”
“Edge AI and sensor fusion are complex, multifaceted fields of application development and we know from experience that our customers benefit most by having a more complete platform of hardware, software, wireless connectivity, and technical support to get their IoT concepts to market,” Roy adds.
Katana Edge AI EVK Highlights:
- Baseboard with the Katana SoC with advanced neural network engine for low-power edge AI processing
- Sensors for imaging, audio, voice and motion
- Synaptics Wi-Fi + Bluetooth low energy (BLE) wireless connectivity module
- Accessories for people detection application development, including mounting bar and clips for overhead camera
- Instructions and software
The Edge AI EVK is available now through Synaptics’ sales channels. To learn more, view:
Demo: Katana Edge AI EVK reading meter display panel
Demo: Katana Edge AI EVK performing people detection and counting
Visit Synaptics at the tinyML Summit for a live demo of the Katana Edge AI Kit.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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