Kneron Edge AI SoC powered by Andes RISC-V processor core


San Diego, Calif., November 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Kneron Inc., the San Diego-based Edge AI solutions provider, in conjunction with Andes Technology Corporation (TWSE: 6533; SIN: US03420C2089; ISIN: US03420C1099), a leading supplier of high-performance, low-power 32/64-bit RISC-V processor cores, today announced the official mass production of Kneron’s next-generation Edge AI KL530 SoC, powered by Andes’s D25F processor, due to its efficient pipeline architecture, powerful Packed-SIMD DSP extension instructions, and single / double precision floating RVFD extensions conforming to IEEE754 standard.

KL530 is the latest generation of heterogeneous AI chip from Kneron, with an all new NPU architecture. It is the first of its kind in the industry to support INT4 precision and transformer. Compared with other Edge AI chips, it has higher computing efficiency and lower power consumption. The use of heterogeneous AI chips integrated with RISC-V processors, powerful image processing capabilities and interfaces will further enable the application of Edge AI chips in ADAS, AIoT and other markets.

The computing power of the KL530 can reach 1 TOPS @ INT 4 and the processing efficiency is up to 70% higher than that of the INT 8 under the same hardware conditions. Its reconfigurable NPU design takes advantage of the high performance of the D25F RISC-V core and supports multiple AI models such as CNN, Transformer, RNN Hybrid, etc. Its intelligent ISP can optimize the image quality based on AI, and a powerful codec can achieve high efficiency multimedia compression. Moreover, its cold start time is less than 500ms and its average power consumption is less than 500mW.

The D25F processor, one of the most popular cores in the AndesCore â„¢ 25 series, is equipped with the draft ISA RISC-V P-extension to efficiently manipulate multiple data sets simultaneously with a single instruction. Andes initiated the P extension, chairs its working group in RISC-V International and leads the specification definition. The D25F comes with comprehensive development tools, including a compiler with automatic generation of SIMD instructions based on the vector data type, optimized DSP libraries, neural network libraries and a near-cycle precision simulator. It offers nearly 9x acceleration for popular machine learning algorithms, including Tensorflow keyword detection, CIFAR10 image classification, and P-net object detection.

“Kneron has a unique reconfigurable architecture, which can easily integrate into different convolutional neural networks (CNNs) without compromise, thus serving a wide variety of AI models seamlessly and accurately.” said Albert Liu, founder and CEO of Kneron. “The D25F processor core with its powerful DSP instruction set and development framework allows Kneron to fully explore the performance of its cutting-edge AI algorithms while maintaining optimal power consumption. This is crucial for our customers, especially those who are developing products like smart devices and Edge AI devices. We are happy to cooperate with Andes, the leading IT expert specializing in RISC-V architecture. With the Andes RISC-V kernel and its DSP support, Kneron is able to develop this cutting edge solution smoothly within a very short time frame. We are really proud to see the KL530 in mass production serving our customers. “

“We are pleased that Kneron chose the D25F to power the KL530, especially after it underwent a series of comprehensive evaluations,” said Frankwell Lin, CEO of Andes and director of the international board of RISC. -V. “The D25F clearly stands out in all aspects on key indices such as product characteristics, performance, core area and power consumption. As a leading company in providing an Edge AI SoC solution integrated into the RISC-V core, Kneron has shown its effectiveness in rapidly launching the KL530 and entering mass production. It is amazing to learn about the strong competitiveness of the Kneron team. Thanks to the extraordinary cooperation between Kneron and Andes, we have jointly achieved a complete and highly competitive solution to facilitate AI applications for a wide variety of products.

Kneron KL530 product launch
The Kneron KL530 online product launch conference will be held on November 4th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.e (PDT). GSA CEO Jodi Shelton, Winbond Chairman Pei-Ming Chan and YouTube Founder Steven Chan are invited to have talks to offer their take on the next generation of Edge AI. Registration information

About Kneron
Kneron is a San Diego-based technology company that was founded in 2015. It develops both hardware and software products, which are used in smart devices to run and power AI applications. Kneron is a one-stop port of call for device manufacturers who want to integrate AI into their products. The products include hardware like AI chips and software like AI models, which device makers can use in everything from self-driving cars to smart refrigerators, doorbells, or any Internet of Things device. Kneron primarily addresses three main issues for smart devices running AI: security, energy, and cost, enabling AI everywhere and for everyone. Kneron’s solutions are reconfigurable and will be as effective in the future for processing image and audio AI models as they are today. It has raised over $ 100 million to date and is backed by Horizons Ventures, Alibaba, Qualcomm, Sequoia, etc. For more information about Kneron, please visit:

About Andes technology
Sixteen years in business and a founding and first member of RISC-V International, Andes is a leading provider of high performance / low power 32/64 bit embedded processor IP solutions, and one of the main drivers of generalization. of RISC-V. Andes’ fifth-generation AndeStar â„¢ architecture adopted RISC-V as the basis. Its RISC-V V5 processor families range from tiny 32-bit cores to advanced 64-bit cores with DSP, FPU, Vector, Linux, superscalar and / or multicore capabilities. The annual Andes-Embedded SoC volume has exceeded 2 billion since 2020 and continues to increase. At the end of 2020, the cumulative volume of Andes-Embedded â„¢ SoCs reached 7 billion. For more information, please visit Follow the Andes on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube!

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