SoC achieves 1.4 TOPS throughput in edge AI applications

Artificial intelligence (AI) pioneer, Kneron has introduced the KL720 SoC, and claims that it offers a maximum output of 1.4 Tera operations per second (TOPS) and an industry-best performance efficiency of 0.9 TOPS per W.

The SoC includes a 1Gbit LPDDR3 DRAM die from Winbond and a Kneron neural processing unit (NPU).   

Winbond’s LPDDR3 DRAM offers a maximum bandwidth 8.5Gbytes per second and operates from a dual 1.2V/1.8V supply. It also has power-saving features such as Deep Power-Down mode and a clock stop capability.

The KL720 introduces simultaneous video and speech processing to the KL family. It is capable of processing 4K, Full HD or 3D sensor video images in real time to support face recognition in security cameras or gesture control in public kiosks and other AI tasks. It can also perform natural language processing, for intuitive speech recognition and eliminates the need for pre-defined keywords. The 1.4 TOPS performance is fast enough to support concurrent real-time video and natural language processing.

The KL720 is available from Kneron for sampling now.

Winbond’s LPDDR3 DRAM is in mass production.

Winbond Electronics provides customer-driven memory solutions backed by product design, R&D, manufacturing and sales services. Winbond’s product portfolio, consisting of specialty DRAM, mobile DRAM and code storage flash, is used by Tier 1 customers in communication, consumer electronics, automotive and industrial, and computer peripheral markets.
Winbond is headquartered in Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) and it has subsidiaries in the USA, Japan, Israel, China and Hong Kong.

Kneron was established in 2015 in San Diego, California, USA. It provides edge AI solutions and is dedicated to the design and development of integrated software and hardware edge AI solutions for AIoT, smart home, smart surveillance, security, mobile devices, robotics, and industrial control.

Kneron’s mission is to enable and empower edge AI to be everywhere.

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