Deploying AI Models at the Edge

Eta Compute, NXP Semiconductors team up to optimize edge AI development

Eta Compute, NXP Semiconductors team up to optimize edge AI development

Eta Compute and NXP Semiconductors have partnered to enable the faster development of edge AI products using Aptos, Eta Compute’s MLOps platform.

The collaboration combines AI and embedded systems and aims to address challenges in integration and enablement.

NXP Semiconductors says it brings expertise in secure and connected solutions. Meanwhile, Eta Compute specializes in optimizing AI applications for edge deployment.

The two companies will integrate AI-focused chips and software tools onto the Aptos platform. This collaboration claims to simplify model development, deployment and management for low power edge processors.

According to the companies, the integration includes NXP’s MCX N Series microcontroller with the eIQ Neutron NPU, a scalable and power-efficient machine learning accelerator core architecture. Aptos integrates with NXP to optimize AI models specifically for its chip.

Eta Compute and NXP Semoconductors say this integration helps to bridge the gap between AI and embedded systems. The companies note that it empowers ML developers and embedded systems engineers by simplifying the creation and deployment of optimized ML models on NXP’s chips, as it doesn’t require deep knowledge of embedded techniques.

Earlier this year, NXP Semiconductor introduced a new application processor to streamline Linux-based industrial application development. With a focus on edge deployments, the company says it offers enhanced security, performance and Linux compatibility.

NXP believes Linux is crucial in powering edge devices in smart homes and electric vehicles. By ensuring compatibility with Linux, developers can customize and create advanced applications that are interoperable, secure and compliant with industry standards.

The NXP i.MX 91 application processor is designed for smart home and edge applications. With an Arm Cortex-A55 processor core, LPDDR4 memory and support for various peripherals, it offers input/output interfaces, dual Gigabit Ethernet and dual USB ports.

According to Charles Dachs, the senior vice president and general manager of industrial and IoT edge at NXP, the i.MX 91 family will establish a new benchmark for Linux platforms in IoT and industrial applications.

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