Vimicro developed China's first embedded neural network processor.
Video and multimedia chip developer Vimicro enters mass production of China's first embedded neural network processor. Neural network chips are the latest and greatest in machine learning. The chips simulate the neural networks in human brains and are ideal for pattern recognition applications.
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Vimicro is applying its NPUs to video processing such as surveillance applications. The neural chip can also be integrated in the the video processing of drones and robots.
Vimicro's video surveillance system is automatically able to recognize faces, read license plate numbers and ID numbers.
With the development of the NPU, the company makes China independent from imports of AI chips. It took Vimicro 3 years to develop the VC0758 NPU. According to Chinese Guancha, the Vimicro Neural chip applies 16 patents.
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Google revealed in May that they have developed silicon for its machine learning systems. The AlphaGo system is powered by Tensor Processing Units. IBM revealed last year a neural network chip as large as a Mouse brain.