Category Archives: Hardware

AImotive Launches aiWare4

BUDAPEST, Hungary, May 28, 2021 – AImotive, one of the world’s leading suppliers of scalable modular automated driving technologies, announced the latest release of its award-winning aiWare NPU hardware IP. Featuring substantial upgrades to on-chip memory architecture, innovative new wavefront-processing algorithms and enhanced ISO26262-compliant safety features, aiWare4 delivers the ultimate scalable solution from the most challenging single-chip edge applications to the highest performance central processing platforms for automotive AI. With aiWare4 many key metrics have been further improved, including TOPS/mm2, effective TOPS/W and range of high-efficiency CNN topologies.

Upgraded capabilities for aiWare4 include:

  • Scalability:up to 64 TOPs per core (up from 32 TOPS for aiWare3) and up to 256 TOPS per multi-core cluster, with greater configurability of on-chip memory, hardware safety mechanisms and external/shared memory support
  • Safety:Enhanced standard hardware features and related documentation ensuring straightforward ISO26262 ASIL B and higher compliance for both SEooC (Safety Element out of Context) and in-context safety element applications
  • PPA(Note 1):8-10 Effective TOPS/W for typical CNNs (theoretical peak up to 30 TOPS/W) using a 5nm or smaller process node; up to 98% efficiency for a wider range of CNN topologies; more flexible power domains enabling dynamic power management able to respond to real-time context changes without needing to restart
  • Processing:Innovative Wavefront RAM (WFRAM) leverages aiWare’s latest wavefront-processing and interleaved multi-tasking scheduling algorithms, enabling more parallel execution, better multi-tasking capability and substantial reductions in memory bandwidth compared to aiWare3 for CNNs requiring access to significant external memory resources

aiWare4 continues to deliver industry-leading NPU efficiency (see Note 2), enabling superior performance using less silicon. These latest upgrades also enable aiWare4 to execute a wide range of CNN workloads using only on-chip SRAM for single-chip edge AI or more highly-optimized ASIC or SoC applications.

“aiWare4 builds on the extensive experience we gained from working with our silicon and automotive partners, as well as insights from our aiDrive team into the latest trends and techniques driving the latest thinking in CNNs for automotive applications,” says Marton Feher, SVP hardware engineering for AImotive. “We are proud that we offer the industry’s most efficient NPU for automotive inference and have now extended aiWare’s capabilities to achieve new levels of safety, flexibility, low-power operation and performance under the most demanding automotive operating environments.”

For more details about aiWare4: https://aimotive.com/aiware4

AImotive will be shipping aiWare4 RTL to lead customers starting Q3 2021.

For more information about AImotive, please visit aimotive.com/about-us.

Note 1: PPA: Power, Performance and Area

Note 2: download the latest aiWare3 benchmark demonstrating up to 98% efficiency measured on Nextchip’s Apache5 SoC. NPU Efficiency measures % of claimed TOPS usable to execute theoretical GMACS of CNN workload. Request additional benchmark data here

NVIDIA Q1 Revenue Up 13% to $5661M with $1912M Profit

SANTA CLARA, CA, May 27, 2021 – NVIDIA reported record revenue for the first quarter ended May 2, 2021, of $5661M compared with $5003M for the fourth quarter ended Jan 31, 2021. Net income was $1912M.

Comparative analysis based on NVIDIA’s financial results in the last 12 quarters (Result source NVIDIA website)

Comparative analysis based on NVIDIA’s financial results in the last 12 quarters (Result source NVIDIA website)

“We had a fantastic quarter, with strong demand for our products driving record revenue,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA.

“Our Data Center business continues to expand, as the world’s industries take up NVIDIA AI to process computer vision, conversational AI, natural language understanding and recommender systems. NVIDIA RTX has reinvented computer graphics and is driving upgrades across the gaming and design markets. Our partners are launching the largest-ever wave of NVIDIA-powered laptops. Across industries, the adoption of NVIDIA computing platforms is accelerating.

“Mellanox, one year in, has exceeded our expectations and transformed NVIDIA into a data-center-scale computing company. We continue to make headway with our planned acquisition of Arm, which will accelerate innovation and growth for the Arm ecosystem. From gaming, cloud computing, AI, robotics, self-driving cars, to genomics and computational biology, NVIDIA continues to do impactful work to invent a better future,” he said.

A complete chart of the financial results is available here.

About NVIDIA

NVIDIA’s invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market and has redefined modern computer graphics, high performance computing and artificial intelligence. The company’s pioneering work in accelerated computing and AI is reshaping trillion-dollar industries, such as transportation, healthcare and manufacturing, and fueling the growth of many others.

For more information, visit website.

Epson Offers OEM PrecisionCore Printheads

LOS ALAMITOS, CA, May 25, 2021 – Epson America announced it is making its proven MEMs thin-film piezo inkjet printheads available to printer OEMs for integration into next-generation industrial printers. Epson has continued to lead the industry in innovation with its Si MEMs-based PrecisionCore technology, setting new benchmarks for digital printing speed, quality and reliability. With options for aqueous, UV and solvent-based ink, in flexible design configurations, Epson PrecisionCore printheads provide advanced performance and scalability.

“Epson is a market leader in printhead technology, offering advanced solutions that deliver high productivity, durability and scalability,” said Rob Rogers, product manager, OEM Printheads, Epson America, Inc. “With these PrecisionCore printheads now available, OEMs have the opportunity to integrate some of the most advanced printhead technology into their industrial printers, helping expand the state of digital printing. We are looking forward to enabling our customers to make an impact in their industries.”

Epson’s OEM printheads deliver industry-leading productivity, reliability and high image quality, and are available in four series to meet various needs:

  • S-Series Printheads: Offers high productivity, high image quality and head expandability; maximum 4.73-inch-wide MEMs printhead series equipped with ink recirculation
  • I-Series Printheads:Cost-effective 1.33-inch-wide MEMs printheads provide high productivity and high image quality with 600dpi high-density resolution
  • L-Series and F-Series Printheads: MACH (Multi Layer ACtuator Head) technology is leveraged for high precision and high density; can be used for up to 8 colors

Additional specs include:

Printhead Model Printhead

Type

Compatible Ink Dimensions

(w x d x h)

Number of Nozzles Nozzle Resolution Effective Print Width Max. Usable Ink Color
S-Series S800 PrecisionCore micro TFP® Aqueous, UV ink 58.1 x 8.34 x 33.79 mm 800 600npi
(300npi x 2 rows)
33.8 mm

(1.33 inches)

1 color
S-Series S1600 PrecisionCore micro TFP UV ink 97.4 x 30.0 x 48.2 mm 1,600 600npi
(300npi x 2 rows)
67.2 mm

(2.65 inches)

 

2 colors
S-Series S3200 PrecisionCore micro TFP Aqueous, UV, eco-solvent ink 150.4 × 30.0 × 52.0 mm 3,200 600npi
(300npi x 2 rows)
120.2 mm (4.73 inches) 2 colors
I-Series I1600 PrecisionCore micro TFP Aqueous, UV, eco-solvent ink 69.1 x 59.4 x 35.6 mm 1,600 600npi
(300npi x 2 rows)
33.8 mm

(1.33 inches)

4 colors
I-Series I3200 PrecisionCore micro TFP Aqueous, UV, eco-solvent ink 69.1 x 59.4 x 35.6 mm 3,200 600npi
(300npi x 2 rows)
33.8 mm

(1.33 inches)

4 colors
L-Series L1440 MACH (Multi Layer ACtuator) UV, eco-solvent ink 60.4 x 46.9 x 71.1 mm 1,440

 

360npi
(180npi x 2 rows)
25.4mm

(1 inch)

 

8 colors
F-Series F1440 MACH (Multi Layer ACtuator) Aqueous ink 106 x 49.7 x 41.7mm 1,440

 

360npi
(180npi x 2 rows)
25.4mm

(1 inch)

8 colors

 

Epson’s OEM PrecisionCore printheads are available now. For additional information, visit https://epson.com/inkjet-printheads.

About Epson

Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to co-creating sustainability and enriching communities by leveraging its efficient, compact, and precision technologies and digital technologies to connect people, things, and information. The company is focused on solving societal issues through innovations in home and office printing, commercial and industrial printing, manufacturing, visual and lifestyle. Epson’s goal is to become carbon negative and eliminate use of exhaustible underground resources such as oil and metal by 2050.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the worldwide Epson Group generates annual sales of around JPY 1 trillion. For more information, visit global.epson.com.

Epson America, Inc., based in Los Alamitos, CA, is Epson’s regional headquarters for the US, Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit epson.com.