Variscite releases SoM for accelerated machine learning on edge devices

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Variscite, a System on Module (SoM) designer, developer and manufacturer, has unveiled a new, SoM for efficient machine learning on edge devices.

The VAR-SOM-MX93 is based on NXP’s i.MX 93 processor, the industry’s first implementation of the Arm neural processing unit, Ethos-U65 microNPU, and offers a varied set of applications targeting industrial, IoT, smart home, automotive systems, and the wearables markets.

The module is designed to accelerate ML, and offers an energy flex architecture for efficient processing. Along with the 1.7GHz Dual Cortex-A55 NXP i.MX 93, the VAR-SOM-MX93 uses an additional 250Mhz Cortex-M33 real-time co-processor and a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) 256 MACs operating up to 1.0 GHz and 2 OPS/MAC, delivering a combination of improved performance and efficiency within an optimised footprint that will enable developers to create high-performance and energy-efficient ML applications.

Variscite’s SoM offers camera interfaces and image processing (MIPI-CSI2 and MIPI-DSI 1920×1200 24-bit) plus a range of connectivity options: certified dual-band WiFi, BT/BLE, dual GbE, dual USB2 and CAN-FD.

Security is implemented via NXP’s EdgeLock secure enclave, a preconfigured, self-managed, autonomous security subsystem.

“The VAR-SOM-MX93 provides customers with a high-quality, future-proof SoM that enables ML capabilities, security and energy efficiency required of today’s smartedge devices,” said Ofer Austerlitz, VP Business Development and Sales of Variscite. “This is the next generation of NXP processors and Variscite SoMs, for edge and endpoint computing that pushes the boundaries of what was previously possible.”

The VAR-SOM-MX93 is part of Variscite’s VAR-SOM Pin2Pin product family, which provides customers with scalability options as well as reduced development time, costs, and risks.

The evaluation kit of the VAR-SOM-MX93 includes the SoM with Symphony Board and includes a Low Voltage Differential Signalling (LVDS) display with a touch panel and display bridges.

Both the evaluation kit and the SoM are now available. The VAR-SOM-MX93 is included in Variscite’s long-term longevity plan and will provide an expected availability of 15 years.