A storm is coming. AIStorm presents its AI-in-Sensor SoCs…

Sensors are not digital devices. To convert sensor information into a digital representation takes time, power, silicon, and adds distortion & noise. AIS solutions can be finished processing before the competition even has enough digital information to begin. So why not skip the middle man and consider our SoCs for your next project?

MantisNet in Action

 

AIStorm’s Mantis Family of AI-in-Imager chips are the first and only AI-in-Imager solutions capable of accepting pixel data directly in its native charge form.  The result is the world’s only solution capable of image based smart wakeup on a person, face, object, or behavior. 

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Technology

Digital systems typically struggle to provide an “always on“ operation because of the need to continuously poll, digitize and analyze data quickly enough not to miss a transaction or seem slow to function, especially when they contain an analog sensor.

The sensors are the system's eyes, ears and fingers. Sensors can focus on what we care about and ignore the rest – a face, another car, an intruder, a sound, a change...

AIS technology is analog and mixed signal technology, but it's more than that. For the first time the sensor itself is smart enough to deal with events, make decisions and can perform complex analysis…often before the competition even receives a digital sensor representation to start processing.

Our solution "skips the middle steps" of digital processing and polling so that you can get straight to the results, reactions and outcomes you're looking for.

AIS technology SKIPS digitization and moves directly to processing

The core of our technology is our patented charge domain MAC.

The benefits of this solution are lower noise, power, speed and size over similar technologies including memristors, resistive RAM, NVM-controlled resistors and other competing technologies.

Our architecture is based around four core ideas:

  1. Event-driven charge processing using 10’s to 1000’s of electrons each cycle
  2. Virtual neurons taking advantage of >1GHz equivalent digital processing capability
  3. Eliminating digitization through on chip sensors coupling directly to the AI
  4. Scalable, software driven, on chip networking driven by standard tools

There are several companies that are offering analog AI solutions, but these products are challenged by fundamental physical noise and bandwidth limitations that cannot be overcome.

AIStorm has taken a different path –charge domain processing. Working with charge, this method opens up opportunities for AI-in-Sensor processing for image or audio enhancement that just cannot be implemented any other way.

Charge domain processing is a revolution in processing that overcomes the noise and bandwidth limitations of other analog solutions. Charge domain solutions can accept IoT sensor information directly without the cost, power and latency of digitization and therefore represent a better solution over both analog and digital solutions.

Our Metrics Matter

    • 50-300 TOPS/W in system including sensor (>4000 TOPS/W MAC only possible)
      • True Always On – Our solutions make the pixels of an image sensor or the charge on a microphone membrane part of the neural network allowing CNN monitoring without special triggers
    • 5-10x Lower Cost – We can accept larger lithography features and match bleeding edge speeds
      • Monolithic Solution Including the Image Sensor – We do not require multi-chip packages, our image sensor solutions are on the same chip as the AI
    • >8 Bit Operation – Exceeds theoretical accuracy limit of memristor, NVM or analog multiplier-base
    • No input digitization – Integrates sensor, such as pixels or audio MEMs membrane into pre-processing or neural network input layer
    • Fastest Imaging – Best in class imaging frame rate (up to 260,000 frames per second)
    • <5uA “always on” with no polling delay – Capable of performing high speed extraction only of items of interest
    • Smartest event driven capability – Smart event driven capability such as “wake up on word” or “wakeup on face” without digital polling
    • Flexible – Compatible with standard neural network configurations
    • Standard Tool Flow – Compatible with standard tools such as TensorFlow Lite

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No digitizing. No latency. No distortion. No bus. No power — almost. No problem. AI-in-Sensor. 

 

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