China's FPGA vendor offers AI support

September 16, 2019 //By Peter Clarke
China's FPGA vendor offers AI support
Gowin Semiconductor (Guangzhou, China) has announced the release of GoAI with a design flow combining FPGA into existing artificial intelligence and machine learning development tools.

GoAI provides support to test and deploy AI inference software by connecting to Caffe and ARM CMSIS-NN frameworks. This allows users to train and test a model, quantize and retest the trained model on a microcontroller within the GOWIN FPGA and then accelerate their model in FPGA fabric to enable real-time performance.

GOWIN’s GoAI accelerator provides an AHB interface, which allows customers to control the accelerator with a state machine, a soft processor or a hardened Arm Cortex-M3 processor.  It also provides easier connectivity with FPGA fabric allowing developers to connect the accelerator to various interfaces such as a MIPI cameras or microphones.

"Due to strict area and computational power requirements, edge AI applications require highly flexible domain-specific frameworks." said Jianhua Liu, director of software engineering for Gowin, in a statement.

Gowin has a demonstration with a neural network trained with the CIFAR10 dataset and configured within the GoAI accelerator.

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