Improvements in Feature Extraction and Data Training Create Even Lower Power Dissipation for Remote Monitoring of Industrial Machinery

Irvine, Calif., June 21, 2022 — Syntiant Corp., a provider of deep learning solutions making edge AI a reality for always-on applications, and Denmark-based CeramicSpeed, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of ceramic bearing products, today announced advancements to its ongoing collaboration to develop ultra-low-power autonomous sensors for Industrial IoT applications using the Syntiant® NDP120 Neural Decision Processor™.

Code named the Bearing Brain Project, CeramicSpeed is offering remote monitoring of industrial machinery with NDP120-embedded wireless sensors that will use AI to learn, detect and respond to operational anomalies at sub-milliwatt power consumption.

“Since we first announced our collaboration with Syntiant, we focused on building a dataset to train the NDP120,” said Morten Opprud, the tech lead of the project at CeramicSpeed. “We also redesigned the mechanics and hardware of the sensor to improve measurement sensitivity and updated firmware to further decrease power drain, while also improving the feature extraction and labeling of the utterances. The result is a low cost, simple solution utilized in a wide range of applications beyond the 10 percent of mission critical use cases. This allows an increase of the predictive maintenance coverage resulting in a more optimized maintenance strategy.”

The companies, which announced the collaboration agreement in January during CES 2022, are currently field testing the ultra-low power autonomous sensors with selected partners using the NDP120, Syntiant’s second-generation processor that can run multiple applications simultaneously at under 1mW (milliwatt).

“Our teams have been working diligently to enhance sensor functionality and minimize power consumption,” said Kurt Busch, CEO of Syntiant. “Our condition-based monitoring device as a result of our collaboration with CeramicSpeed features vibration sensors and accelerometers, exponentially improving battery life, providing customers with a higher degree of automation that improves performance, productivity and efficiency across a wide range of industrial and manufacturing applications.”

About Syntiant

Founded in 2017 and headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Syntiant Corp. is a leader in delivering end-to-end deep learning solutions for always-on applications by combining purpose-built silicon with an edge-optimized data platform and training pipeline. Syntiant’s advanced chip solutions merge deep learning with semiconductor design to produce ultra-low-power, high performance, deep neural network processors for edge AI applications across a wide range of consumer and industrial use cases, from earbuds to automobiles. The company is backed by several of the world’s leading strategic and financial investors including Intel Capital, Microsoft’s M12, Applied Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, the Amazon Alexa Fund and Atlantic Bridge Capital. Syntiant continues to be recognized as an industry leader, being named to Gartner’s Cool Vendors in AI Semiconductors; tinyML Summit’s Best Product of the Year; Fast Company’s prestigious list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies; as well as a CES® Innovation Awards Honoree and CES® Best of Innovation Awards Honoree. More information on the company can be found by visiting www.syntiant.com or by following Syntiant on Twitter @Syntiantcorp.

About CeramicSpeed

Established in 2004, CeramicSpeed is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of ceramic bearing products and optimized racing chains for the cycling industry. Based in Denmark, the company has offices across Europe, Asia and the United States and distributes its products to more than 50 countries for use in consumer and industrial applications. The company also is the only bearings producer to receive FDA approval for direct contact with food products. More information can be found by visiting https://www.ceramicspeed.com.

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