CEVA and Brodmann17 boost AI performance for edge devices 20x

October 19, 2017 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
The combination of the CEVA-XM imaging and vision platform and deep learning technology from Brodmann17 brings ultra-low power deep learning vision to smartphones, drones, cars, surveillance cameras and more.

CEVA, Inc., and Broadmann17 have announced a partnership aimed at accelerating the deployment of deep learning computer vision in mainstream applications – bringing an order of magnitude increase in performance and power efficiency for deep learning in edge devices compared to the leading GPU-based implementations.

The push towards widespread adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in consumer devices continues at a relentless pace. However, cloud-based deep learning on battery-powered devices is plagued with issues, including latency, security and the need for a constant, reliable internet connection. Implementing the intelligence on the device itself – or on the edge – eliminates all of these issues. Highly efficient computer vision processors are necessary to meet the stringent power requirements and specialized deep learning software is crucial in delivering the accuracy and performance needed for cloud-based systems.

Targeting embedded devices, Brodmann17 has developed a specialized deep learning technology for visual recognition aimed at edge-based artificial intelligence. Using patent-pending techniques, this deep learning architecture generates smaller neural-networks that are faster and more accurate than any other network generated on the market. Through the collaboration with Brodmann17, licensees of the CEVA-XM platforms and their customers will be able to use Brodmann17's deep learning object detection that achieves state of the art accuracy on the CEVA-XM at a rate of 100 frames per second. This equates to 170 percent better performance than the same software running on the NVIDIA Jetson TX2 AI Supercomputer. Comparing to the popular combination today of Faster-RCNN algorithm over NVIDIA TX2 it is an improvement of 20 times (2000 perecent) in frames per second.