Cadence Design Systems has unveiled the Cadence Tensilica Vision C5 DSP, claimed to be the industry’s first standalone, self-contained neural network DSP IP core optimized for vision, radar/lidar and fused-sensor applications with high-availability neural network computational needs. Targeted for the automotive, surveillance, drone and mobile/wearable markets, the DSP offers 1TMAC/sec computational capacity to run all neural network computational tasks.
“Many of our customers are in the difficult position of selecting a neural network inference platform today for a product that may not ship for a couple of years or longer,” said Steve Roddy, senior group director, Tensilica marketing at Cadence. “Not only must neural network processors for always-on embedded systems consume low power and be fast on every image, but they should also be flexible and future proof. All of the current alternatives require undesirable tradeoffs, and it was clear a new solution is needed. We architected the Vision C5 DSP