Saturday, February 24, 2024

New Developer Platform Enhances Edge AI Development And Hardware Integration

By Akanksha Sondhi Gaur

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Cooper Developer Platform Offers Energy-Efficient Solutions for Industrial, AIoT, Intelligent Video Analytics, and Edge AI Computing Applications

Ambarella, Inc. introduced the Cooper Developer Platform, which seamlessly combines software, hardware, finely-tuned AI models, and services to offer comprehensive support for Ambarella’s entire range of AI systems-on-chip (SoCs). This platform simplifies the development process for customers by providing a versatile, modular, and pre-packaged set of hardware and software development tools. It comprises Cooper Metal, encompassing AI SoCs and board-level hardware solutions optimized for power efficiency, and Cooper Foundry, a multi-layer software stack that includes Cooper Core, Cooper Foundation, Cooper Vision, and Cooper UX.ems on Module (SoMs) and developer kits that come preloaded with Cooper Foundry.

The  software stack consists of:

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  • Core: This component includes a Linux-based operating system, compilers, and software development kits (SDKs). In addition to the company’s existing suite of development tools, Core introduces a framework for seamless integration with widely-used open-source software tools.
  • Foundation: Within this part lies the Model Garden, a curated collection of open-source, finely-tuned, pre-trained neural network models designed for rapid AI development.
  • Vision: It offers essential building blocks for multi-modal sensor processing and fusion, incorporating data from various sources such as cameras, radars, and LiDARs.
  • UX: This component provides a familiar Lychee-based user interface that empowers developers to easily create production-ready AI applications. It also simplifies debugging through Home, which automates the visualisation and profiling of AI model performance on targeted SoCs. 

Fermi Wang, President and CEO of Ambarella, commented, “Developers working on products leveraging cutting-edge AI technologies often face the complex task of integrating multiple software tools while deploying on various hardware platforms. Our new unified, robust, and scalable Cooper Developer Platform empowers designers to effortlessly harness the industry-leading AI performance per watt of our SoCs. It achieves this through intuitive and comprehensive tools that abstract the hardware layer, allowing them to concentrate on innovative product development across a multitude of markets and applications.”

Many developers already have expertise in utilizing fundamental open-source software tools and libraries like TensorFlow, Docker, PyTorch, Yocto, and Robotics Operating System v2 (ROS2). By seamlessly integrating these well-known industry-standard tools into this Developer Platform, developers can easily tap into the extensive online communities associated with these tools. This integration simplifies their edge AI application development and deployments, making the process more accessible than ever.On the hardware front, the platform is set to expand Ambarella’s ecosystem through a network of AI-acceleration PCIe cards and System-on-Module (SoM) manufacturers. Additionally, to accelerate customers’ time to market, the company is collaborating with an expanding list of design and manufacturing service providers, including companies like e-Con Systems, VVDN, Quanta, and more. For more information, please click here.

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