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TI’s New Processor Offers Low-Power AI for HMI and IoT Applications

By Sharad Bhowmick

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Texas Instruments (TI) Sitara AM62 processor is the newest offering from the company to expand edge AI processing into next-generation applications. The processor can enable support for small-size human-machine interface (HMI) applications and dual-screen displays. The low-cost solution can enable basic camera-based image processing and edge AI function which includes pattern recognition and image detection.

According to the company, the new HMI solution can change the way we interact with machines, it can allow gesture recognition in a noisy environment and can use wireless connectivity to enable control of machines by tablets or phones. The low-powered AM62 processor brings analytics to edge devices, it features a suspend state consuming power as low as 7 mW and no need to design for thermal considerations, which can give engineers the flexibility to deploy these capabilities in size-constrained applications or industrial environments.

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The AM62 offers a reduced system power consumption by as much as 50% compared to other similar devices. The company claims that the low powered device can remain on for over 1,000 hours when powered by AA batteries. The deep sleep mode at <5 mW enables longer battery life, while an active power of <1.5 W is made possible by a core voltage of 0.75 V. Reducing system power consumption extends battery life and helps engineers meet design requirements for handheld or size-constrained devices that can be deployed anywhere. Achieving optimal power performance is further simplified with the new TPS65219, a companion PMIC specifically designed to meet AM62 processor power supply requirements.

The company also offers a wide range of tools and resources for AM62 processors that provides flexible options for development and can help reduce cost and complexity barriers to design. The AM625 processors are now available and can be purchased from authorized distributors.


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