Thursday, February 2, 2023

Industry’s First Miniature Wireless AI Vision And Audio Module

By Sharad Bhowmick

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A ready-to-use solution that enables rapid implementation of AI sensing features for connected IoT devices.

Katana Connect module (Source: Katana)

Katana Connect is the industry’s first ultra-miniature system on module (SoM) to deliver low-power, AI-enabled computer vision and audio sensing capability with integrated Wi-Fi / Bluetooth connectivity. The SoM is a ready-to-use solution that enables rapid implementation of AI sensing features for connected IoT devices targeting a range of applications, including home automation, security, ambient assisted living, industrial safety and monitoring, etc. The SoM can also serve as a platform for the development of innovative sensing methods—such as wireless sensing—that complement and enhance Katana’s vision and audio Edge AI features.

The module combines Synaptics’ Katana low-power Edge AI SoC with the SYN430132 1×1 Wi-Fi 802.11n / Bluetooth combo in a compact package measuring 33 x 32 mm. It enables connected AI vision and audio sensing systems in a compact form factor. It is backed by a flexible EVK for rapid system-level evaluation and experimentation prior to final design.

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Algorithm customization can also be done through the community of Katana AI software partners to develop machine-learning (ML) models. The SoM can also serve as a platform for the development of innovative sensing methods—such as wireless sensing—that complement and enhance Katana’s vision and audio Edge AI features. The SYN43012 is a highly integrated 1×1 IEEE 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.2 combo IC that delivers robust connectivity and reduces system cost and space with built-in power amplifiers (PAs) and low-noise amplifiers (LNAs).

“The integration of Katana and connectivity on a single module provides a path for our customers to easily incorporate low-power AI into their products,” said Vincent Fan, Vice President of R&D at Ampak, a leading maker of conectivity modules with millions of units shipped for a wide range of smart home and IoT solutions. “In adopting the new Katana low-power AI solution from Synaptics, we are continuing a long and successful relationship between the two companies. We consider Synaptics one of our most trusted silicon partners.”


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