STMicroelectronics acquires Cartesiam for edge AI tool

STMicroelectronics acquires Cartesiam for edge AI tool

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By Nick Flaherty

STMicroelectronics is to acquire the assets of French edge AI startup Cartesiam and will take on its staff.

Cartesiam in Toulon has raised over $2.5m for its machine learning tools on ARM microcontrollers since starting in 2016. The team includes data scientists and embedded signal processing experts, with significant experience in delivering standard and custom software. Its patented tool, NanoEdge AI Studio, allows embedded systems designers without prior knowledge in AI to rapidly develop specialized libraries integrating machine-learning algorithms directly into a broad range of applications.

Devices using Cartesiam’s technology are already in production around the world included inside connected devices, household appliances, and industrial machines. The company had other deals with ARM Cortex-M microcontroller makers such as Microchip. It also has a major deal with ST partner Bosch.

The NanoEdge AI Studio solution is fully complementary to STMicroelectronics’ STM32Cube.AI toolset and will provide STMicroelectronics’ customers with additional flexibility to integrate machine-learning into designs. “There is now a one-stop shop for all TinyML related projects,” said Joel Rubino, CEO of Cartesiam.

However whether NanoEdge will be available to other microcontroller makers as a separate tool is still in question and ST has still to comment on this.

The edge AI market using ‘TinyML’ is developing fast, with Edge Impulse announcing funding of $15m yesterday and Infineon positioning its PSoC microcontrollers acquired with Cypress Semiconductor with new edge AI software called ModusToolbox ML launched today.

“Using artificial intelligence to create ever smarter solutions is one of the priorities of our customers regardless of their size or industry,” said Claude Dardanne, President, Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group, at STMicroelectronics. “With STM32Cube.AI, STMicroelectronics already offers the ability to map and run pre-trained artificial neural networks on our broad portfolio of STM32 microcontrollers. The addition of Cartesiam’s machine learning technology to STMicroelectronics’ existing solutions will provide the best edge-AI solution portfolio on the market for any customer looking to bring additional innovation to their offering.”

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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