NXP Semiconductors today announced its lead partnership for the Arm®
Ethos™-U55 microNPU (Neural Processing Unit), a machine learning
(ML) processor targeted at resource-constrained industrial and
Internet-of-Things (IoT) edge devices. As an industry-leading innovator of
microcontrollers (MCUs), NXP intends to implement the Ethos-U55 in its Arm
Cortex®-M based microcontrollers (MCUs), crossover MCUs and
real-time sub-systems in applications processors.
The expansion builds on the
company's growing ML offerings, including the recently announced i.MX 8M Plus
applications processors with dedicated NPU.
The highly configurable Ethos-U55 works in concert with the Cortex-M core to
achieve a small footprint while also delivering greater than 30x improvement in inference performance
Cortex-M alone, even in high performing MCUs. The Ethos-U55 is specifically designed to accelerate ML inference in
area-constrained embedded and IoT devices. Its advanced compression techniques
save power and reduce ML model sizes significantly to enable execution of
neural networks that previously only ran on larger systems.
In addition, a unified toolchain with Cortex-M gives developers a simplified, seamless path
to develop ML applications within the familiar Cortex-M development
environment. The end-to-end enablement, from training to run-time inference
deployment for Ethos-U55, will be accessible through NXP's eIQ machine
learning development environment.
NXP's comprehensive portfolio of ML compute elements (CPU, GPU, DSP and NPU)
are enabled with its eIQ machine learning development environment, which
provides choices of popular open-source inference engines that deliver the
performance needed for the specific compute element. Using NXP's edge
processors and eIQ tools, customers can easily build many ML applications,
including, object detection, face and gesture recognition, natural language
processing, and predictive maintenance.
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