NXP Semiconductors has recently expanded its industry-leading EdgeVerse portfolio with the i.MX 8M Plus application processor – the first i.MX family to integrate a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for advanced machine learning inference at the industrial and IoT (Internet-of-Things) edge.
The i.MX 8M Plus combines a high-performance NPU delivering 2.3 TOPS (Tera Operations Per Second) with a Quad-core Arm® Cortex-A53 sub-system running at up to 2GHz, an independent real-time sub-system with an 800MHz Cortex-M7, a high-performance 800 MHz audio DSP for voice and natural language processing, dual camera Image Signal Processors (ISP), and a 3D GPU for rich graphics rendering.
With the combination of high-performance Cortex-A53 cores and NPU, edge devices will be able to make intelligent decisions locally by learning and inferring inputs with little or no human intervention. The range of applications made possible with the cost-effective i.MX 8M Plus spans people and object recognition for public safety, industrial machine vision, robotics, hand gesture, and emotion detection with natural language processing for seamless human-to-device interaction with ultra-fast response time and high accuracy.
“The edge is the perfect destination to deploy machine learning applications, especially as technology advancements are enabling accurate localized decision-making,” said Martyn Humphries, vice president and general manager of i.MX application processors for consumer and industrial markets at NXP. “With the i.MX 8M Plus we are enabling leading companies to transform the ‘smart’ edge to an ‘intelligent’ edge in the consumer and industrial IoT marketplace, and we look forward with great excitement to the innovative products they will be introducing based on this new trendsetting solution.”
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