05.03.2017 Press Release
VeriSilicon’s Vivante VIP8000 Neural Network Processor IP Delivers Over 3 Tera MACs Per Second
Groundbreaking IP brings real-time 1080p scene classification, object detection, and pixel segmentation to embedded devices.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 3, 2017 – VeriSilicon Holdings Co., Ltd. (VeriSilicon), a Silicon Platform as a Service (SiPaaS®) company, today announces VIP8000, a highly scalable and programmable processor for computer vision and artificial intelligence. It delivers over 3 Tera MACs per second, with power consumption more efficient than 1.5 GMAC/second/mW and the smallest silicon area in industry with 16FF process technology.
The Vivante VIP8000 consists of a highly multi-threaded Parallel Processing Unit, Neural Network Unit and Universal Storage Cache Unit. VIP8000 can directly import neural networks generated by popular deep learning frameworks, such as Caffe and TensorFlow and neural networks can be integrated to other computer vision functions using the OpenVX framework. It supports all current popular neural network models (including AlexNet, GoogleNet, ResNet, VGG, Faster-RCNN, Yolo, SSD, FCN, and SegNet) and layers (including convolution and deconvolution, dilation, FC, pooling and unpooling, various normalization layers and activation functions, tensor reshaping, elementwise operation, RNN and LSTM features) and is designed to facilitate adoption of new neural networks and new types of layers. The Neural Network Unit supports both fixed-point 8-bit precision and floating-point 16-bit precision, and supports mixed-mode applications to achieve the best computational efficiency and accuracy.
Vivante VIP8000’s VIP-Connect™ interface allows rapid customer integration of application-specific hardware acceleration units to work collaboratively with the standard Vivante VIP8000 hardware units.
The processor is programmed by OpenCL or OpenVX with a unified programming model across the hardware units, including customer application-specific hardware acceleration units. All the hardware units work concurrently, with shared data in cache to significantly reduce the bandwidth.
To better address embedded products across different market segments, Vivante VIP8000 is highly configurable, including through independent scalability of the Parallel Processing Unit, Neural Network Unit and Universal Storage Unit, and the ACUITY™ SDK provides training and a complete set of IDE tools.
“Neural Network technology is growing and evolving rapidly, and Vivante VIP8000’s use cases are expanding beyond the original surveillance camera and automotive customer base. Vivante VIP8000’s superior PPA (Performance, Power, Area), the innovations in bandwidth reduction through patent-pending universal cache architecture, and compression algorithms speed up the movement to enable embedded devices to be AI terminals collaborating with cloud to deliver revolutionary AI experiences to the end user.” said Wei-Jin Dai, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, VeriSilicon.
“To enable rapid growth in AI in embedded devices, highly-efficient and powerful programmable engines with industry standard APIs like OpenCL and OpenVX are critical. The efficiency will come from both neural network innovation and increased computing density,” said Jon Peddie, President, JonPeddie Research.
VeriSilicon Holdings Co., Ltd. (VeriSilicon) is a Silicon Platform as a Service (SiPaaS®) company that provides comprehensive System on a Chip (SoC) and System in a Package (SiP) solutions for a wide range of end markets, including mobile internet devices, datacenters, the Internet of Things (IoT), automotive, industrial, and medical electronics. Our machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies are well positioned to address the movement to “intelligent” devices. SiPaaS provides our customers a substantial head start in the semiconductor design and development process and allows the customers to focus efforts on core competency with differentiating features. Our end-to-end semiconductor turnkey services can take a design from concept to a completed, tested and packaged semiconductor in record time. The breadth and flexibility of our SiPaaS solutions make them performance-effective and cost-efficient alternatives for a variety of customers, including emerging and established semiconductor companies, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs), and large internet/cloud platform companies.VeriSilicon’s camera-in, display/video out pixel processing platform includes high-fidelity ISP, embedded Vision Image Processor (VIP) with machine learning acceleration, Vivante® low-power GPU and high-performance GPGPU, Hantro™ ultra-high-definition video codec and rich-featured display controller, which work seamlessly together to deliver best PPA (Performance, Power, Area). In addition, based on our ZSP® (digital signal processor) technologies, HD audio/voice platforms and multi-band/multi-mode wireless baseband platforms including BLE, Wi-Fi, NB-IoT, and 5G provide scalable architectures for both ultra-low power and extremely high performance applications. Our value-added mixed signal IP portfolio enables energy efficient Natural User Interface (NUI) platforms for voice, gesture and touch.Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Shanghai, China, VeriSilicon has six R&D centers, nine sales offices, and more than 600 employees worldwide.