Renesas teams with Syntiant on voice-controlled visual AI

Renesas teams with Syntiant on voice-controlled visual AI
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Japanese semiconductor company Renesas has announced it is working with Syntiant Corp. on the development of a voice-controlled artificial intelligence system for image processing in edge systems.
By Peter Clarke


These systems could include customer-operated checkout terminals, security cameras, video conferencing systems and robotic systems such as lawn mowers and cleaning equipment, Renesas said.

A combination of RZ/V visual AI processors from Renesas and the Syntiant NDP120 Neural Decision Processor provides voice and image processing capabilities.

It features “always-on” functionality with voice-triggered activation from standby mode to perform object recognition, facial recognition, and other vision-based tasks.

“We anticipate that demand for multimodal systems that use multiple streams of input information – both image and voice – will increase moving forward as a way to improve both ease of use and safety,” said Hiroto Nitta, a senior vice president at Renesas, in a statement.

Syntiant CEO Kurt Busch said: “We’ve already shipped more than 15 million units of our deep learning NDPs globally to enable always-on voice in a wide variety of consumer and industrial IoT applications. Our collaboration with Renesas delivers a powerful, low-power voice and image solution that is certain to accelerate traction among a global customer base in a variety of devices and use cases.”

The reference design for the new multimodal AI subsystem is available now, including circuit diagrams and BOM lists.

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