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Synaptics Acquires Emza Visual Sense, Boosting its Ultra-Low-Power Edge Processing Presence

Written by Stephen Vicinanza

In a move reminiscent of large semiconductor companies, Synaptics acquired Emza Visual Sense, a leading source of ultra-low-power artificial intelligence visual sensing technologies. This move allows Synaptics to immediately serve the PC marketplace for human presence detection (HPD) applications.

This technology also supports look-away detect and on-looker detect features, while offering unique solutions to user security and privacy concerns.

“We’re very excited about integrating and scaling the Emza team’s expertise and technology across our business,” said Saleel Awsare, SVP & GM at Synaptics. “Bringing together key enabling technologies in edge hardware and algorithms for computer vision, audio, and security, while leveraging decades of experience and deep knowledge of customers’ requirements, will allow us to together rapidly deploy, scale, and re-define the HPD experience.”

The typical smart vision that is low-power architecture consists of a low-resolution image sensor attached to an Edge AI SoC, which more often than not has to compute and memory resource constraints.

Emza’s ML algorithms are already field-proven and deployed, meeting the challenges of any resource-constrained environment by maximizing AI inference per milliwatt for optimal visual sensing performance.

This solution from Emza complements Synaptic’s Katana AI SoC platform. Together they enable HPD applications in devices ranging from PCs, notebooks, and smart TVs, to assisted living cameras.

The Emza team is based near Tel Aviv and will become part of Synaptics Israel.

Katana is well known for bridging the gap for solutions that enable battery-powered devices for consumer and industrial IoT markets. There is a low-power SoC architecture with energy-efficient AI software. The Katana solution can be found in many devices, that include office buildings, retail, factories, farms, and smart homes.

The typical uses for Katana-equipped devices are people or object recognition, counting, visual, voice, or sound detection, and asset or inventory tracking. There are also uses for the Katana device in environmental sensing.

For more information on the Emza Acquisition see the press release on the website here

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