SynSense and Prophesee to combine neuromorphic engineering expertise

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SynSense and Prophesee, two neuromorphic technology companies, have announced a partnership that will leverage their respective expertise in sensing and processing to develop ultra-low-power solutions for implementing intelligence on the edge for event-based vision applications.

The partnership will combines in one single chip SynSense’s low-power vision SNN processor DYNAP-CNN with Prophesee’s event-based Metavision sensors, and is focused on developing a line of cost-efficient modules that can be manufacturing at high volume.

SynSense, established in 2017, produces a line of dedicated event-based vision processors that provide a combination of ultra-low power consumption and low-latency performance.

Prophesee developed the industry's first commercial neuromorphic-based vision sensing platform. Its Metavision solutions use an event-based vision approach which delivers significant improvement over traditional frame-based acquisition methods, reducing power and data processing requirements while allowing operation in the most demanding conditions.

Through this partnership SynSense will benefit from Prophesee’s sensing technology and wide existing network of partners, while Prophesee will benefit from deep integration with SynSense’s novel processing technology, and world-leading developments in low-power vision applications.

Event-based vision is based on how the human eye records and interprets visual inputs. The sensors facilitate machine vision by recording changes in the scene rather than recording the entire scene at regular intervals. Specific advantages over frame-based approaches include better low light response (<1lux) and dynamic range (>120dB), reduced data generation (10x-1000x less than conventional approaches) leading to lower transfer/processing requirements, and higher temporal resolution (microsecond time resolution, i.e. >10k images per second time resolution equivalent).

With Prophesee’s patented Event-Based Metavision sensors, each pixel embeds its own intelligence processing enabling them to activate themselves independently, triggering events.

“As IoT applications in smart homes, offices, industries and cities proliferate, there is an increasing need for more intelligence on the edge. Our experience in implementing neuromorphic enabled vision sensing with smart pixel methods complements SynSense’s expertise in neuromorphic processing to make implementing high performance vision more practical. Together we can drive the development of highly efficient, lower cost products that provide more visibility, safety and productivity in a wide range of use cases.” said Luca Verre, CEO and co-founder of Prophesee.

The partnership will address the design, development, manufacturing and commercialisation of the combined neuromorphic technology, including sensors, processing solutions, software and solutions to enable a broad range of applications.