eYs3D Launches XINK for Vision-Equipped Robots
eYs3D will introduce its state-of-the-art computer vision development platform for next-generation autonomous robotic applications—such as AIoT (artificial intelligence of things), smart city, indoor cleaning robots, and outdoor agricultural robots for both industrial and retail sectors— at CES 2023.
The platform, called XINK, is both a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) as well as a hardware and software development kit that the company says is a cost-effective solution for the design of safe, vision-capable mobile AI products equipped with field analysis, object recognition, obstacle detection, object tracking and following, and route planning functions.
XINK provides all the necessary elements for product development, including high-performance compute power, AI accelerator, I/O controls and Flexi-bus communication peripherals, smart power management and machine vision subsystems. The modular XINK platform takes care of low-level programming, freeing developers to use cut-and-paste coding for application-specific design while reducing design cycles for quicker commercialization, according to the company.
The platform has H.264 compression for video streaming as well as Imaging Signal Processing (ISP) support features. XINK accepts image data from either an external ISP such as eYs3D’s separate eSP87x series stereo video and depth processor, or from the ISP soft code inside the XINK CPU.
The edge AI processing is powered by eYs3D’s new eCV1 AI chip that incorporates four Core ARM 64-Bit CPUs and a 4.6 TOPS neural processor unit (NPU). An additional low power ARM Cortex M4 processor can be used as an MCU. The platform supports various AI inference tools including TensorFlow, TensorFlow Lite, PyTorch, Caffe, TVM, and more.
According to Grand View Research, the global autonomous robot market size is expected to reach $10.66 billion by 2030, a CAGR of 16.8% from 2022, in part due to expansion in materials handling needs.
“New technologies have enabled surging market growth for mobile robotics,” said James Wang, chief strategy officer of eYs3D. “Mobile autonomy must be accompanied by advances in computer vision to enable new areas of robotic deployment, including accurate picking and packing; moving, sorting and efficiently storing items; autonomous navigation; and other markets. Our XINK platform will allow rapid, one-stop development of vision capabilities for these applications, and we expect to host a community of developers who will both provide and benefit from contributed building blocks.”
XINK’s benefits include:
- Industry 4.0 application readiness, via high-speed communications and conformance to IEEE 1588 standards
- Effective power management, including with sleep and deep sleep modes for unused blocks, supporting always-on capability
- Computing performance through the quad-core Cortex A55 and the 4.6 TOPS NPU in the eCV1 chip, which provides dedicated machine learning instructions, a patented neural network engine, and Tensor Processing Fabric
- Flexible image and computer vision processing for domain-specific applications
It also supplies developers with H.264 compression for easy video streaming. XINK’s Crypto Engine includes ARM’s TrustZone for security as well as a pseudorandom number generator and a variety of other encryption to protect user data through hardware-based isolation.
The XINK platform will be showcased by eYs3D at CES 2023 in two booth locations: LVCC Central Hall, Booth 15769, and the Venetian’s Eureka Park, Booth 62500.
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