CES: CEVA Introduced NeuPro Processors and ClearVox Solution
At CES in Las Vegas, CEVA introduced NeuPro, specialized AI processor family for deep learning inference, and ClearVox, a software suite of advanced voice input processing algorithms.
The NeuPro family of processors is designed for smart and connected edge device vendors looking for a streamlined way to quickly take advantage of the possibilities that deep neural network technologies offer. This new family of dedicated AI processors offers a considerable step-up in performance, ranging from 2 Tera Ops Per Second (TOPS) for the entry-level processor to 12.5 TOPS for the most advanced configuration.
The NeuPro line extends the use of AI beyond machine vision to new edge-based applications including natural language processing, real-time translation, authentication, workflow management, and many other learning-based applications that make devices smarter and reduce human involvement. The NeuPro family comprises four AI processors offering different levels of parallel processing.
Each processor consists of the NeuPro engine and the NeuPro VPU. The engine includes the hardwired implementation of neural network layers among which are convolutional, fully-connected, pooling, and activation. VPU is a cost-efficient programmable vector DSP, which handles the CDNN software and provides software-based support for new advances in AI workloads. NeuPro supports both 8-bit and 16-bit neural networks, with an optimized decision made in real time in order to deliver the best tradeoff between precision and performance. NeuPro will be available for licensing to select customers in the second quarter of 2018 and for general licensing in the third quarter of 2018.
To reduce the significant barriers-to-entry for headsets, smart speakers, mobile phones, wearables, automotive infotainment and home security systems, CEVA has introduced the ClearVox voice input software package. Developed in-house and leveraging the companies expertize in audio and voice processing, ClearVox incorporates advanced algorithms that cope with different acoustic scenarios and microphone configurations. It is offered in two pre-packaged software form factors; one for near-field applications including headsets and wearables, and the other for far-field applications targeting the emerging smart speaker, infotainment and other advanced voice-enabled applications. ClearVox is available for licensing by select customers today and for general licensing in Q2.