POLYN Technology and Edge Impulse look to advance Tiny AI products

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POLYN Technology, a fabless semiconductor company that provides Neuromorphic Analogue Signal Processing (NASP) Tiny AI chips, and Edge Impulse, an embedded machine-learning (ML) development platform, are partnering to address ultra-low-power on-sensor solutions.

Targeting wearables, hearables, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the collaboration aims to leverage the NASP platform to enable more customers to develop application-specific chips for one-dimensional signal processing at the sensor level and help expedite the adoption of ML at the edge.

"Resource-hungry edge devices present more and more complexity in sound processing, and this is an important challenge to address," said Aleksandr Timofeev, founder and CEO of POLYN. Additional challenges include power, accuracy, and novel capabilities. The Edge Impulse-POLYN collaboration will help vendors resolve these issues in next-generation products."

POLYN's NASP development framework provides fast conversion of trained neural networks from any well-known ML library into neuromorphic analogue chips. Neural-Net-To-Chip automation tools provide a fully functional simulation of the resulting math model, converting it into chip production files. These tools dramatically reduce product time to market, CAPEX, and redesign OPEX.

POLYN’s business model has been designed to provide customer support throughout the entire product development cycle, including neural network selection, training, optimisation, and testing on the software simulation. The size and structure of the neural network is always optimised to the customer's task, delivering a cost-effective development of tailored solutions that perform deep learning computations on mass-market devices.

Edge Impulse's machine learning software supports the development of smarter edge products, providing powerful automation and low-code capabilities to make it easier to create valuable datasets and develop advanced ML algorithms.

The company’s technology enables developers to bring more ML products to market faster, and helps teams rapidly develop industry-specific solutions in weeks instead of years.

"We're very excited to work with POLYN to help nurture brand-new solutions using our respective technologies," said Zach Shelby, CEO and co-founder of Edge Impulse. "The combination of their IP and our platform provides opportunities for users to overcome development challenges while finding valuable new applications for their data."

POLYN and Edge Impulse are focusing initially on hearables and will look to develop novel designs for hearing aids, hearing assistance products, earbuds, and other miniature devices.