“Designing the Next Ultra-Low-Power Always-On Solution,” a Presentation from Cadence

Amol Borkar, Director of Product Management and Marketing for Tensilica Vision and AI DSPs at Cadence, presents the “Designing the Next Ultra-Low-Power Always-On Solution” tutorial at the May 2022 Embedded Vision Summit.

Increasingly, users expect their systems to be ready to respond at any time—for example, using a voice command to launch a music playlist. System designers have traditionally relied on classical signal processing techniques on simple microcontrollers to implement such features. Today, as more and more devices incorporate cameras and other types of sensors, there’s a growing desire to enable “always-on” functionality using more than just wake words—for example, so that a doorbell camera can wake up when a person approaches.

These enhancements require clever AI algorithms that can reliably detect events of interest. And, to enable “always-on” capability, these sophisticated algorithms often must be implemented with ultra-low power consumption, especially for battery-powered devices. In this presentation, Borkar shares the trends his company has observed in always-on features and applications and highlights the latest additions to the Cadence Tensilica processor portfolio that address the needs of ultra-low-power, always-on applications.

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