XMOS launches SDK for the ‘artificial intelligence of things’

October 09, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
XMOS launches SDK for the ‘artificial intelligence of things’
Bristol-based microcontroller maker XMOS has built a package of tools and resources to accelerate the development of its connected AI devices.

XMOS (Bristol, UK) has launched an all-new software development kit (SDK) for its xcore.ai chip launched earlier this year.

The SDK includes TensorFlowLite for Microcontroller development tools and provides standardised tools and resources that they need to create devices that absorb contextual data from their environment, infer meaning from that data, and translate the results into action.

Scripts, tools and libraries to convert TensorFlowLite for Microcontroller models into a format that targets accelerated operations on the xcore.ai platform, with libraries to support FreeRTOS operation on xcore.ai, providing a familiar, standard industry programming environment to work in.

The SDK includes examples showing a variety of operations based on bare-metal and FreeRTOS operation, including smart microphone sensing, as well as guides, example builds and execution walkthroughs, and access to XMOS’ open-source libraries of interfaces & signal processing algorithms

These tools will enable developers to rapidly deploy custom or off-the-shelf AI models using a standard framework alongside all of the control, communications, signal and I/O processing required to create a complete and secure application solution.

“Our AIoT SDK enables developers to create intelligent endpoint-AI solutions for a huge variety of applications,” said Mark Lippett, CEO of XMOS. “The flexibility of the xcore.ai architecture enables our customers to create truly differentiated solutions using standard embedded software techniques like TensorFlowLite for MCU in a fraction of the time required using traditional hardware approaches.”

"It's great to see XMOS's latest contributions to low-energy embedded machine learning and I'm pleased that TensorFlow Micro has been able to integrate,” said Pete Warden, Technical Lead for the TensorFlow Mobile team at Google. “This combination will enable a lot of exciting applications in the future."

Early access to the XMOS AIoT SDK will be available on the GitHub open source platform, designed to be used in conjunction with the xcore.ai Explorer Kit, which is available on limited release via xmos.ai.

Future releases will include other xcore.ai hardware platforms, targeting specific use case applications. This includes a smart home platform – a small form-factor reference design with additional Wi-Fi capability, designed to demonstrate the capabilities of voice at the edge of networks and due to be released in early 2021.

Next: the xcore.ai microcontroller for the AIoT


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