Ambarella expands its platform to meet Intel’s challenge

CES, the land of dreams, hopes, and big promises. Ambarella was founded in 2004 on the basis of a massive semi-smart image sensor with video-compression. Four years later, the company introduced its flagship product, the H2 with an image processing pipeline that included a 10-bit HDR video processing and imaging that could handle challenging low-light conditions.  In 2011, the company … Read more

Mythic builds an analog computer

Neural network inference is all about the memory according to the founders of Redwood City-based Mythic. Since the company was founded in 2012, Mike Henry and Dave Fick have attracted $55 million in funding and continued to develop the mixed signal multiplier concept they came up with while at the Michigan Integrated Circuits Lab. They hold that most of the … Read more

Machine learning: the new nirvana for FPGAs?

That’s the view of a significant number of players in the ML game, anyway. Even discounting the fact that this opinion is largely heard from companies with FPGAs to sell, it has gained enough traction that it has to be taken seriously;  Microsoft has based its entire Azure business strategy on FPGA-accelerated servers and Americo-Chinese company DeePhi, recently acquired by … Read more

Development of the VPU

With the advent of AI, image recognition, and neural networks, there has been the emergence of a new category of processor, or functionality broadly known as a visual processing unit, or VPU. The name belies the real importance of the function and so we prefer to refer to it in the awkward term of VPU and neural network accelerator, which … Read more

Visual Processors and CNN —the next generation supercomputer report from Jon Peddie Research

TIBURON, CA – January 2, 2018 – Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, today released its latest quarterly report on the Visual Processing Unit (VPU) market. The major interest and activity in the market for Vision Processing Units (VPUs) continues to center on neural networks, both in terms of advances in the … Read more