Teradyne Supports Syntiant's Successful Edge AI Strategy

January 13 2021, 00:30
Teradyne, a leading supplier of automated test solutions, announced that the company’s UltraFLEX test platform has enabled Syntiant to successfully ship more than 10 millions of its microwatt-power, deep learning Neural Decision Processors (NPDs) to customers worldwide. The Teradyne UltraFLEX test solution is also currently supporting the qualification and production ramp of the latest Syntiant NDP120 and Syntiant NDP121 Neural Decision Processors. 

Built from a clean sheet, hardware/software co-design methodology that optimizes silicon and deep learning models together, the Syntiant NDP100 and Syntiant NDP101 Neural Decision Processors bring hands-free, cloud-free, always-on voice and sensor AI applications to battery-powered edge devices.

"Our deep learning NDP10x chips leverage our custom designed near-memory compute architecture, so we were looking for a partner with a deep understanding of the AI chip market. The UltraFLEX power supplies were critical for the low current measurements needed to characterize our device, and drive quality and yield in production," says Pieter Vorenkamp, COO at Syntiant. "Teradyne’s testing methodology supported our aggressive go-to market strategy, enabling us to go from qualification to production in just eight short weeks. We look forward to working closely with Teradyne as we introduce our second generation products and significantly accerlate our volume ramp."

Syntiant’s NDP10x chips run AI workloads under 140uW and improve efficiency by 100x and throughput by 10x compared to traditional MCUs. Syntiant’s architecture supports dozens of application-defined audio classifications, such as keyword spotting, wake word detection, speaker identification, audio event and environment classification, as well as sensor analytics.

"From startups to hyperscalers, Teradyne is committed to providing the lowest cost of test and collaborating with our customers as a consultative solution partner," states Regan Mills, Vice President of Marketing at Teradyne. "For Syntiant, our Protocol Aware tester architecture, IG-XL software, and extensive applications expertise were key in accelerating the qualification process. We look forward to continuing to work with Syntiant in bringing their innovative AI Neural Decision Processors to market."

Using its UltraFLEX test platform, Teryadne is currently supporting the qualification and production ramp of the Syntiant NDP120 and Syntiant NDP121 Neural Decision Processors, Syntiant Corp’s second generation hardware platform to run multiple audio applications simultaneously at under 1mW power consumption.

Million NDP Processors Shipped
Meanwhile, Syntiant confirmed that it has shipped more than 10 million of its Syntiant NDP100 and Syntiant NDP101 Neural Decision Processors (NDPs) to customers across the globe. Since the company’s founding in 2017, Syntiant has achieved unprecedented success in the semiconductor industry, embedding its always-on deep learning solution with power-restricted voice and sensor applications in millions of edge devices, ranging from earbuds to mobile phones to laptops.

"We believe there isn’t another chip company dedicated to machine learning that has been able to achieve what we have accomplished in a little over three years," says Kurt Busch, CEO of Syntiant. "Today’s milestone is further evidence of how our entire team, in close collaboration with our global supply chain partners, from design to testing to production, continues to execute flawlessly in bringing our technology to millions of edge devices, making them smarter, more efficient, and more helpful to people in their daily lives."

Syntiant was also named a CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree for its Syntiant NDP120 Neural Decision Processor (NDP). The Syntiant NDP120 is the company’s latest generation of special purpose chips for audio and sensor processing for always-on applications in battery-powered devices. Packaged with the Syntiant Core 2, a highly flexible, ultra-low-power deep neural network inference engine, the NDP120 can run multiple applications simultaneously at under 1mW (milliwatt), including echo-cancellation, beamforming, noise suppression, speech enhancement, speaker identification, keyword spotting, multiple wake words, event detection, and local commands recognition. 

This is the second year in a row Syntiant has received an Innovation Award. The company was recognized as a CES 2020 Best of Innovation Awards Honoree for its Syntiant NDP100 microwatt-power Neural Decision Processor.

"We are thrilled that our technology continues to be recognized by CTA in the embedded technologies category," says Kurt Busch.“Syntiant’s innovative technology is helping drive the growing adoption of hands-free, voice control in edge devices. We’re excited about the future, and we look forward to accelerating our production ramp in 2021 as consumers across the world increasingly rely on deep learning to bridge the gap between people and technology," he adds.
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