June 28, 2021
Blaize, which develops artificial intelligence computing and automotive computing solutions, and eYs3D Microelectronics, an image processing solution provider developing 3D vision for edge AI, have announced a reference design for the Blaize Pathfinder P1600 SoM (system on a module).
The P1600 is integrated with the eYs3D Depth Camera product line of 3D cameras, which feature unique stereo vision capabilities to deliver millimeter-level accuracy of depth at optimal range. The systems are used for indoor and outdoor AI-based autonomous operation, including robotics, security, touchless control, autonomous vehicles, and smart retail. The companies said these advanced capabilities can eliminate the use of costlier lidar implementations for robotics and other services.
“The Blaize and eYs3D collaboration showcases the power of the Blaize fully programmable GSP architecture and software productivity suite to process both RGB camera data and depth data in a highly efficient manner to provide both high accuracy and high performance for 3D sensor fusion applications at the edge,” said Rajesh Anantharaman, senior director of products at Blaize. “The Blaize and eYs3D integration enables faster time-to-market for systems incorporating visual simultaneous location and mapping (VSLAM), facial feature depth recognition, and gesture-based commands.”
The combined design takes advantage of the Blaize Graph Streaming Processor (GSP) architecture, offering better depth and distance sensing through the camera’s 3D sensor application, which includes a sensor fusion function enabling a combination of two sets of data – RGP camera data and depth data. In addition, the P1600 can convert the depth camera’s USB output to high-speed Ethernet connectivity for enhanced video processing. The companies said software development kits for the reference design will accommodate several operating systems, programming languages, and development tools.
“We are excited to partner with Blaize to bring advanced computer vision capability to market, such as filtering, depth-sensing fusion, real-time 3D point cloud compression and streaming, that further enhance edge AI capability,” said James Wang, eYs3D’s chief strategy officer. “Depth-sensing technology has been widely adopted commercially in consumer and industrial applications in the last few years. eYs3D is a leader in 3D-stereo vision, and its technology has already been used in popular VR headsets, robot arm visual systems, and facial recognition kiosks. We are now seeing growing applications in robotics, 3D scene learning, drones, smart retail and other markets.”