Next-Gen High Performance Edge AI Accelerator Launched

The SAKURA-ll Edge AI accelerator from EdgeCortix addresses the latest Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions at the edge from vision to billions of parameters large language models By Joseph Macey / 29 May 2024
Next-Gen High Performance Edge AI Accelerator Launched
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Fabless semiconductor company, EdgeCortix Inc., has unveiled its next-generation SAKURA-II Edge AI accelerator.

This platform, paired with EdgeCortix’s innovative second generation Dynamic Neural Accelerator (DNA) architecture, is engineered to tackle the most challenging Generative AI tasks in the industry.

Designed for flexibility and power efficiency, SAKURA-II empowers users to seamlessly manage a wide range of complex tasks including Large Language Models (LLMs), Large Vision Models (LVMs), and multi-modal transformer-based applications, even within the stringent environmental constraints at the edge. Featuring low latency, best-in-class memory bandwidth, high accuracy, and compact form factors, SAKURA-II delivers impressive performance and cost-efficiency across the diverse spectrum of edge AI applications.

Well-suited for numerous use cases across the manufacturing, industry 4.0, security, robotics, aerospace, and telecommunications industries, SAKURA-II features EdgeCortix’s latest generation runtime reconfigurable neural processing engine, DNA-II. Leveraging this highly configurable intellectual property block, SAKURA-II delivers power efficiency and real-time processing capabilities while simultaneously executing multiple deep neural network models with low latency. SAKURA-II can deliver up to 60 trillion operations per second (TOPS) of effective 8-bit integer performance and 30 trillion 16-bit brain floating-point operations per second (TFLOPS), while also supporting built-in mixed precision for handling the rigorous demands of next-generation AI tasks.

The SAKURA-II platform, with its sophisticated MERA software suite, features a heterogeneous compiler platform, advanced quantization, and model calibration capabilities. This software suite includes native support for leading development frameworks such as PyTorch, TensorFlow Lite, and ONNX. MERA’s flexible host-to-accelerator unified runtime is adept at scaling across single, multi-chip, and multi-card systems at the edge, significantly streamlining AI inferencing and shortening deployment times for data scientists. Furthermore, the integration with the MERA Model Library, with seamless interface to Hugging Face Optimum, offers users access to an extensive range of the latest transformer models, ensuring a smooth transition from training to edge inference.

Key benefits of SAKURA-ll include complex model handling, seamless software integration, real-time data streaming, and advanced precision.

Sakyasingha Dasgupta, CEO and Founder of EdgeCortix, said; “SAKURA-II’s impressive 60 TOPS performance within 8W of typical power consumption, combined with its mixed-precision and built-in memory compression capabilities, positions it as a pivotal technology for the latest Generative AI solutions at the edge. Whether running traditional AI models or the latest Llama 2/3, Stable-diffusion, Whisper or Vision-transformer models, SAKURA-II provides deployment flexibility at superior performance per watt and cost-efficiency. We are committed to ensuring we meet our customer’s varied needs and also to securing a technological foundation that remains robust and adaptable within the swiftly evolving AI sector.”

Posted by Joseph Macey Connect & Contact
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