Cadence: 5th gen Vision Q6 DSP targets smartphone, surveillance, automotive, AR/VR

Cadence Design Systems announced the Cadence Tensilica Vision Q6 DSP, its latest DSP for embedded vision and AI built on a new, faster processor architecture. The fifth-generation Vision Q6 DSP offers 1.5X greater vision and AI performance than its predecessor, the Vision P6 DSP, and 1.25X better power efficiency at the Vision P6 DSP’s peak performance. The Vision Q6 DSP is targeted for embedded vision and on-device AI applications in the smartphone, surveillance camera, automotive, augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR), drone and robotics markets.

A deeper, 13-stage processor pipeline and system architecture designed for use with large local memories enable the Vision Q6 DSP to achieve 1.5GHz peak frequency and 1GHz typical frequency at 16nm, in the same floorplan area as the Vision P6 DSP. As a result, designers using the Vision Q6 DSP can develop high-performance products that meet increasing vision and AI demands and power-efficiency needs.

The Vision Q6 DSP supports AI applications developed in the Caffe, TensorFlow and TensorFlowLite frameworks through the Tensilica Xtensa Neural Network Compiler (XNNC). The XNNC maps neural networks into executable and highly optimized high-performance code for the Vision Q6 DSP, leveraging a comprehensive set of optimized neural network library functions. The Vision Q6 DSP also supports the Android Neural Network (ANN) API for on-device AI acceleration in Android-powered devices. The software environment also features complete and optimized support for more than 1,500 OpenCV-based vision and OpenVX library functions, enabling fast, high-level migration of existing vision applications.

The Vision Q6 DSP builds upon the highly successful Vision P6 DSP, which has been designed into leading mobile application processors including the Kirin 970 from HiSilicon. Both the Vision P6 DSP and the Vision Q6 DSP are designed for general-purpose embedded vision and on-device AI applications requiring performance ranging from 200 to 400 GMAC/sec. With its 384 GMAC/sec peak performance, the Vision Q6 DSP is well suited for high-performance systems and applications. The Vision Q6 DSP can be paired with the Vision C5 DSP for applications requiring greater than 384 GMAC/sec AI performance.

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