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Microchip Partners with Machine-Learning (ML) Software Leaders to Simplify AI-at-the-Edge Design Using its 32-Bit Microcontrollers (MCUs)

Cartesiam, Edge Impulse and Motion Gestures integrate their machine-learning (ML) offerings into Microchip’s MPLAB® X Integrated Development Environment

CHANDLER, Ariz., September 15, 2020 – Microchip Technology (Nasdaq: MCHP) today announced it has partnered with Cartesiam, Edge Impulse and Motion Gestures to simplify ML implementation at the edge using the company’s ARM Cortex based 32-bit micro-controllers and microprocessors in its MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Bringing the interface to these partners’ software and solutions into its design environment uniquely positions Microchip to support customers through all phases of their AI/ML projects including data gathering, training the models and inference implementation.

“Adoption of our 32-bit MCUs in AI-at-the-edge applications is growing rapidly and now these designs are easy for any embedded system developer to implement,” said Fanie Duvenhage, vice president of Microchip’s human machine interface and touch function group. “It is also easy to test these solutions using our ML evaluation kits such as the EV18H79A or EV45Y33A.”

About the Partner Offerings

Cartesiam, founded in 2016, is a software publisher specializing in artificial intelligence development tools for microcontrollers. NanoEdge AI™ Studio, Cartesiam’s patented development environment, allows embedded developers, without any prior knowledge of AI, to rapidly develop specialized machine learning libraries for microcontrollers.  Devices leveraging Cartesiam’s technology are already in production at hundreds of sites throughout the World

Edge Impulse is the end-to-end developer platform for embedded machine learning, enabling enterprises in industrial, enterprise and wearable markets. The platform is free for developers, providing dataset collection, DSP and ML algorithms, testing and highly efficient inference code generation across a wide range of sensor, audio and vision applications. Get started in just minutes thanks to integrated Microchip MPLAB X and evaluation kit support.

Motion Gestures, founded in 2017, provides powerful embedded AI-based gesture recognition software for different sensors, including touch, motion (i.e. IMU) and vision. Unlike conventional solutions, the company’s platform does not require any training data collection or programming and uses advanced machine learning algorithms. As a result, gesture software development time and costs are reduced by 10x while gesture recognition accuracy is increased to nearly 100 percent.

See Demonstrations During Embedded Vision Summit

The MPLAB X IDE ML implementations will be featured during the Embedded Vision Summit 2020 virtual conference, September 15-17. Attendees can see video demonstrations at the company’s virtual exhibit, which will be staffed each day from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. PDT.

Please let us know if you would like to speak to a subject matter expert on Microchip’s enhanced MPLAB X IDE for ML implementations, or the use of 32-bit microcontrollers in AI-at-the-edge applications. For more information visit microchip.com/ML Customers can get a demo by contacting a Microchip sales representative.

Microchip’s offering of ML development kits now includes:

–       EV18H79A: SAMD21 ML Evaluation Kit with TDK 6-axis MEMS

–       EV45Y33A: SAMD21 ML Evaluation Kit with BOSCH IMU

–       SAMC21 xPlained Pro evaluation kit (ATSAMC21-XPRO) plus its QT8 xPlained Pro Extension Kit (AC164161):  available for evaluating the Motion Gestures solution.

–       VectorBlox Accelerator Software Development Kit (SDK): enables developers to create low-power, small-form-factor AI/ML applications on Microchip’s PolarFire® FPGAs. 

About Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of smart, connected and secure embedded control solutions. Its easy-to-use development tools and comprehensive product portfolio enable customers to create optimal designs which reduce risk while lowering total system cost and time to market. The company’s solutions serve more than 120,000 customers across the industrial, automotive, consumer, aerospace and defense, communications and computing markets. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at www.microchip.com.

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