Supported Frameworks & Applications
Enabling software-defined heterogeneous AI inference acceleration
EdgeCortix MERA is the software companion to the EdgeCortix Dynamic Neural Accelerator IP (DNA IP), whether the hardware core sits in an FPGA, a custom SoC, or the EdgeCortix SAKURA-I Energy-efficient Edge AI Co-processor. MERA provides the entire stack for developing edge AI inference applications from modeling to deployment.
Integrated in familiar AI inference workflows
MERA is a compiler and software tool kit enabling deep neural network graph compilation and AI inference using the Dynamic Neural Accelerator IP (DNA IP). It provides the necessary tools, APIs, code-generator and runtime needed to deploy a pre-trained deep neural network after a simple calibration and quantization step.
MERA offers software developers and data scientists familiar workflows for developing neural network models without dealing with details of chip-level hardware architecture.
- Native support for PyTorch, TensorFlow, TensorFlow Lite, and ONNX
- Python and C++ interfaces for workflow integration and customization
- Post-training calibration and INT8 quantization of user-defined models
- Supports stand-alone estimation of inference latency and throughput
- Over 50 pre-defined AI inference applications ready for use
Everything needed for AI inference development and deployment
- Runtime configuration of DNA IP
- Simulation and profiling for stand-alone use
- Low-level IR (intermediate representation)
- Host processor code generation
- High-level graph partitioning
- APIs for popular machine learning frameworks
- Model calibration and quantization
- Pre-trained applications in the Model Zoo
Given the tectonic shift in information processing at the edge, companies are now seeking near cloud level performance where data curation and AI driven decision making can happen together. Due to this shift, the market opportunity for the EdgeCortix solutions set is massive, driven by the practical business need across multiple sectors which require both low power and cost-efficient intelligent solutions. Given the exponential global growth in both data and devices, I am eager to support EdgeCortix in their endeavor to transform the edge AI market with an industry-leading IP portfolio that can deliver performance with orders of magnitude better energy efficiency and a lower total cost of ownership than existing solutions."
Improving the performance and the energy efficiency of our network infrastructure is a major challenge for the future. Our expectation of EdgeCortix is to be a partner who can provide both the IP and expertise that is needed to tackle these challenges simultaneously."
With the unprecedented growth of AI/Machine learning workloads across industries, the solution we're delivering with leading IP provider EdgeCortix complements BittWare's Intel Agilex FPGA-based product portfolio. Our customers have been searching for this level of AI inferencing solution to increase performance while lowering risk and cost across a multitude of business needs both today and in the future."
EdgeCortix is in a truly unique market position. Beyond simply taking advantage of the massive need and growth opportunity in leveraging AI across many business key sectors, it’s the business strategy with respect to how they develop their solutions for their go-to-market that will be the great differentiator. In my experience, most technology companies focus very myopically, on delivering great code or perhaps semiconductor design. EdgeCortix’s secret sauce is in how they’ve co-developed their IP, applying equal importance to both the software IP and the chip design, creating a symbiotic software-centric hardware ecosystem, this sets EdgeCortix apart in the marketplace.”
We recognized immediately the value of adding the MERA compiler and associated tool set to the RZ/V MPU series, as we expect many of our customers to implement application software including AI technology. As we drive innovation to meet our customer's needs, we are collaborating with EdgeCortix to rapidly provide our customers with robust, high-performance and flexible AI-inference solutions. The EdgeCortix team has been terrific, and we are excited by the future opportunities and possibilities for this ongoing relationship."