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Synaptics Launches The Katana Edge AI Kit, Focused On AI Vision And Sensor Fusion In IoT

Written by Stephen Vicinanza

Synaptics has announced an Edge AI evaluation kit (EVK) to help in speeding up the development and prototyping of artificial intelligence (AI) applications at the edge.

The EVK is built around the low-power Katana SoC platform. The kit is designed to support vision, motion, and sound detection hardware and software. With both wired and wireless connectivity. The system simplifies the design and development of edge AI for the Internet of Things (IoT). The applications span a broad range of devices including smart homes, buildings, industrial, and monitoring.

The Katana edge AI EVK improves and increases the development of applications in smart-home security, assisted living, industrial vision solutions, smart buildings, and cities. Ananda Roy Sr. Product Manager at Synaptics has said “The market for low-power edge AI solutions are characterized by a broad spectrum of applications that have specific use case requirements, What they all have in common is that they all require3 intelligent and efficient detection and analysis of image, audio, voice and motion data.”

Growth in the Edge AI hardware sector is projected to reach the $38.9 billion mark by 2030, and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 19% beginning in 2021. The growth is largely fueled in automotive and consumer electronics, both needing real-time, low-latency responses that edge AI provides.

On the whole, a span of almost a decade of lucrative opportunities is created in the increase in demand and adoption of AI products. This is given the inherent power consumption and size constraints of developing an edge semiconductor.

Katana Edge AI EVK Contents

  • Baseboard with the Kayana SoC.
    • With an advanced neural network engine for low-power edge AI processing
  • Sensors for imaging, audio, voice, and motion
  • Synaptics WI-FI and Bluetooth low energy (BLE) wireless connectivity module
  • Accessories for people detection application development,
    • Mounting bar and clips for overhead camera
  • Cables
  • Batteries
  • Case/enclosure
  • Software and instructions

Further information

There are two demonstration videos of the Katana Edge AI EVK in action. They are both informative and comprehensive examples of the kit in use.

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