ST acquires Edge AI software specialist Cartesiam

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STMicroelectronics has announced the acquisition of the Edge AI specialist Cartesiam.

Based in Toulon, France, Cartesiam is a software company which specialises in artificial intelligence (AI) development tools enabling machine-learning and inferencing on Arm-based microcontrollers.

Set up in 2016 the company comprises of data scientists and embedded signal processing experts, with significant experience in delivering standard and custom solutions. Its flagship and patented solution, NanoEdge AI Studio, allows embedded systems designers without prior knowledge in AI to rapidly develop specialised libraries integrating machine-learning algorithms directly into a broad range of applications.

Devices leveraging Cartesiam’s technology are already in production around the world are included inside connected devices, household appliances, and industrial machines.

The move by ST is intended to reinforces its AI strategy and strengthens its technology portfolio to address the full spectrum of embedded machine-learning needs. The NanoEdge AI Studio solution is fully complementary to the STM32Cube.AI toolset and will provide ST's customers with additional flexibility to integrate machine-learning into their solution.

"Using artificial intelligence to create ever smarter solutions is one of the priorities of our customers regardless of their size or industry,” said Claude Dardanne, President, Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group, at STMicroelectronics. “With STM32Cube.AI, STMicroelectronics already offers the ability to map and run pre-trained artificial neural networks on our broad portfolio of STM32 microcontrollers.

"The addition of Cartesiam’s machine learning technology to STMicroelectronics' existing solutions will provide the best edge-AI solution portfolio on the market for any customer looking to bring additional innovation to their offering."