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Deep Vision licenses SiFive Intelligence X280 processor

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SiFive has announced that Deep Vision will integrate SiFive RISC-V processor IP into its next-generation inference accelerators to enable more comprehensive computer vision and voice in edge devices.

Deep Vision said that it will license SiFive Intelligence X280 and SiFive Essential S7 processor IP to enhance the flexibility and functionality of their products to better support customers building applications for markets like smart city, smart retail, automotive, and industrial.

According to SemiCo Research, the AI SoC market is set to reach 25 billion units by 2027, with revenue reaching $291bn, with RISC-V-based AI SoCs unit CAGR of 73.6% by 2027.

The SiFive Intelligence X280 processor will enable Deep Vision accelerators to offer broader neural network model support and optimisations for floating-point operations.

SiFive Intelligence processors feature SiFive Intelligence Extensions to support TensorFlow Lite and a broad range of AI/ML data types, including BFLOAT16. The flexibility and programmability of the processor as an application class AI processor extends the proven capabilities and performance of Deep Vision accelerators to rapidly support new and evolving AI inference models in hardware, as well as AI pre-processing tasks such as image scaling, colour conversion, and white noise subtraction.

The SiFive Essential S7 processor features real-time, deterministic processing capabilities to enable command and control applications within a heterogeneous compute cluster, alongside other SiFive RISC-V processors. Ideally suited to latency-sensitive edge compute applications, the SiFive Essential S7 processor architecture features enhanced security and real-time determinism while offering area-efficient performance-per-watt.

Commenting Ravi Annavajjhala, CEO, Deep Vision said, “We can address a broader range of AI use cases and applications, thanks to SiFive Intelligence and SiFive Essential processors, as well as accelerate customer adoption of our solutions. With the AI market evolving rapidly, flexibility and more comprehensive AI support are crucial for success.”