Smart Embedded Vision initiative addresses the growing need for high-speed imaging solutions to enable edge intelligence in low-power, small form factor systems
Chandler, AZ /PRNewswire/ - As compute-intensive, vision-based systems are increasingly integrated at the network edge, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are quickly becoming a preferred flexible platform for next-generation designs. In addition to requiring high bandwidth processing capabilities, these intelligent systems are deployed in small form factors with tight thermal and power constraints. To help developers accelerate designs, Microchip Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MCHP), via its Microsemi subsidiary, today announced its Smart Embedded Vision initiative that provides solutions for designing intelligent machine vision systems with Microchip's low-power PolarFire® FPGAs. With today's announcement, Microchip extends its high-resolution smart embedded vision FPGA offerings with new enhanced high-speed imaging interfaces, an intellectual property (IP) bundle for image processing and an expanded partner ecosystem.
The Smart Embedded Vision initiative provides a suite of FPGA offerings that includes IP, hardware and tools for low-power, small form factor machine vision designs across the industrial, medical, broadcast, automotive, aerospace and defense markets. With the launch of the initiative, Microchip has added the following to further address design requirements for intelligent vision systems:
"Providing a suite of IP and hardware offerings alongside our partner ecosystem is essential to our clients' ability to innovate while meeting their production schedules," said Shakeel Peera, vice president of product marketing for the FPGA business unit at Microchip's Microsemi subsidiary. "This is especially important because of the rapid evolution of machine and computer vision, driven by the growing adoption of AI, and the need to democratize edge-based vision systems."
PolarFire FPGAs offer 30 to 50 percent lower total power over competing Static Random-Access Memory (SRAM)-based mid-range FPGAs. With family members ranging from 100K to 500K logic elements (LEs), they provide five to 10 times lower static power, making them ideal for a new range of compute-intensive edge devices, including those deployed in thermally- and power-constrained environments.
In addition to new high-speed imaging IP cores and the PolarFire Imaging IP bundle, a new MIPI-CSI2-based machine learning camera reference design is available for smart embedded system implementations. Based on the PolarFire FPGA imaging and video kit that uses inference algorithms from Microchip partner ASIC Design Services, the reference design is free for customers to evaluate. All Smart Embedded Vision solutions are supported by the Libero® SoC Design Suite, Microchip's comprehensive development tool.
Pricing and Availability
Available through the Libero® SoC Design Suite, all IP can be implemented on the PolarFire FPGA Video and Imaging Kit, the evaluation platform for Smart Embedded Vision designs. The following IP cores are available today:
The following IP cores will be added progressively, with all cores supported by the end of 2019:
PolarFire Imaging IP Bundle is available for $1,499 and the MPF300-VIDEO-KIT is available for $999. For more information and to purchase products mentioned here, visit or contact email@example.com.
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About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading semiconductor supplier of smart, connected and secure embedded control solutions. Its easy-to-use development tools and comprehensive product portfolio enable customers to create optimal designs which reduce risk while lowering total system cost and time to market. The company's solutions serve more than 125,000 customers across the industrial, automotive, consumer, aerospace and defense, communications and computing markets. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at www.microchip.com.
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