30 Sep '17, 6am

Imagination unveils neural network accelerator

Imagination unveils neural network accelerator

NNAs are a fundamental new class of processor and will, according to Chris Longstaff, Imagination’s senior director of product and technology marketing, PowerVR, ‘become a standard IP block on future SoCs just as CPUs and GPUs have done’. Potential applications for NNAs include: photography enhancement and predictive text enhancement; feature detection and eye tracking in AR/VR headsets; automotive safety systems; facial and speech recognition; and collision avoidance and subject tracking in drones. As neural networks become increasingly common, dedicated hardware solutions like Imagination’s PowerVR 2NX NNA – said to provide an 8x performance density improvement versus DSP only solutions – will be required. Neural networks are bandwidth hungry and the 2NX has been designed to minimise bandwidth requirements for the external DDR memory to ensure a system is not bandwidth l...

Full article: http://www.newelectronics.co.uk/electronics-news/imaginat...

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