Swiss-Chinese AI chip developer cuts cockpit deal with BMW

Swiss-Chinese AI chip developer cuts cockpit deal with BMW

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By Peter Clarke

SynSense (Chengdu, China) has agreed to explore the use of neuromorphic chips in smart cockpits with BMW.

SynSense was founded in Zurich, Switzerland, March 2017 as aiCTX to commercialize advances in neuromorphic computing hardware developed at the Institute of Neuroinformatics at the University of Zurich and the ETH Zurich. With backing from Chinese venture capital SynSense has opened offices in Nanjing and is building R&D teams in Shanghai, Chengdu and Suzhou.

SynSense states it moved its headquarters to Chengdu, China, in 2020.

The exploration with BMW will focus on dynamic visual intelligence SoC – Speck, which combines a low-power SNN vision processor with an event-based sensor. It performs both neuromorphic sensing and computing, and utilizes asynchronous circuit design. It can be used to capture real-time visual information, recognize and detect objects, and perform other vision-based detection and interaction functions.

“Speck doesn’t need caches or additional cameras. It can capture visual event information, process real-time information computing, and conduct smart scene analysis with less than 1 milliwatt of power consumption and with 5 to 10 millisecond end-to-end latency,” said Ning Qiao, founder and CEO of SynSense, in a statement.

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