A new processor from Renesas RZ/V has built-in vision AI accelerator
This new chip powered by two 64-bit Arm Cortex-A53 processor cores has a proprietary low power DRP-AI (Dynamically Reconfigurable Processor) accelerator engine to process vision AI at 1 TOPS/W (tera operations per second, per watt).
RZ/V2MA features data-interfaces such as Ethernet, USB, and PCI Express to feed image-data input from multiple external cameras. By having both DRP-AI accelerator and OpenCV accelerator, this chip can perform accurate image recognition for machine vision systems such as AI powered gateways, video servers, security gates, POS terminals and robotic arms.
To develop vision AI system faster Renesas is offering DRP-AI TVM based on the open-source deep learning compiler Apache TVM technology. DRP-AI TVM compiler allows DRP-AI accelerator work together with the CPU, so that DRP-AI can convert and generate more AI models. Renesas also supports ONNX and PyTorch AI models and in future to support Tensorflow too. Renesas is also offering "Vision AI Gateway Solution," a platform to detect and recognise objects in the pictures captured from multiple cameras.
"One of the challenges for embedded systems developers who want to implement machine learning is to keep up with the latest AI models that are constantly evolving, With the new DRP-AI TVM tool, we are offering designers the option to expand AI frameworks and AI models that can be converted to executable formats, allowing them to bring the latest image recognition capabilities to embedded devices using new AI models.”said Shigeki Kato, Vice President of Renesas' Enterprise Infrastructure Business Division.
"Renesas' RZ/V series is ideal for embedded devices since it does not need fans or heat sinks, due to its extremely low power consumption and low heat capability when running AI, With these devices, we are confident that we can develop powerful image AI gateways that can be installed anywhere."said Chiharu Nakabayashi, President of amnimo Inc.
Other key features of the RZ/V2MA include having Video codecs (H.265 and H.264), memory interfaces include LPDDR4 (3200Mbps), USB 3.1 (up to 5Gbps), and PCI Express (2 lanes).
RZ/V2MA is packaged in 15mm square BGA.
The RZ/V2MA and development tools are immediately available.