Microchip and ML startups partner to simplify AI-at-the-edge design

Microchip and ML startups partner to simplify AI-at-the-edge design

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By Rich Pell

Partners include Cartesiam, Edge Impulse and Motion Gestures. Microchip will bring the partners’ software and solutions into the MPLAB X IDE.

“Adoption of our 32-bit MCUs in AI-at-the-edge applications is growing rapidly and now these designs are easy for any embedded system developer to implement,” said Fanie Duvenhage, vice president of Microchip’s human machine interface and touch function group. “It is also easy to test these solutions using our ML evaluation kits such as the EV18H79A or EV45Y33A.”


Cartesiam specialises in AI development tools for microcontrollers. NanoEdge AI Studio, Cartesiam’s development environment, allows developers without any prior knowledge of AI to rapidly develop specialized machine learning libraries for MCUs.

Edge Impulse is the end-to-end developer platform for embedded machine learning, enabling enterprises in industrial, enterprise and wearable markets. The platform is free for developers, providing dataset collection, DSP and ML algorithms, testing and highly efficient inference code generation across a wide range of sensor, audio and vision applications. Get started in just minutes thanks to integrated Microchip MPLAB X and evaluation kit support.

Motion Gestures is a provider of powerful embedded AI-based gesture recognition software for different sensors, including touch, motion (i.e. IMU) and vision. The company’s platform doesn’t need any training data collection or programming and uses advanced ML algorithms. As a result, gesture software development time and costs are reduced by 10x while gesture recognition accuracy is increased to nearly 100 percent.

The MPLAB X IDE ML implementations will be showcased during the Embedded Vision Summit 2020 virtual conference, from September 15 to 17. Attendees can see video demonstrations at the company’s virtual exhibit, which will be staffed each day from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. PDT.

Microchip’s offering of ML development kits now includes:

• EV18H79A: SAMD21 ML Evaluation Kit with TDK 6-axis MEMS

• EV45Y33A: SAMD21 ML Evaluation Kit with BOSCH IMU

• SAMC21 xPlained Pro evaluation kit (ATSAMC21-XPRO) plus its QT8 xPlained Pro Extension Kit (AC164161): available for evaluating the Motion Gestures solution.

• VectorBlox Accelerator Software Development Kit (SDK): enables developers to create low-power, small-form-factor AI/ML applications on Microchip’s PolarFire FPGAs.

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