September 22, 2022

InuitiveNU4100 400x275Israel-based Inuitive Ltd, which develops vision-on-chip processors, has announced the launch of its new NU4100, an expansion of its vision and artificial intelligence IC portfolio. Based on a unique architecture and advanced 12nm process technology, the NU4100 IC supports integrated dual-channel 4K ISP, enhanced AI processing and depth sensing on a single-chip, low-power design.

The NU4100 is the second generation of the NU4x00 series of products, Inuitive said. The series is designed for robotics, drones, virtual reality and edge AI applications that require multiple sensor aggregation, processing, packing and streaming. Inuitive said it is specifically designed for robots and other applications that must sense and analyze the environment using three, six or more cameras, as they make real-time actionable decisions based on that input.

"Robots designers demand higher resolutions, an ever-increasing number of channels, and high-performing, enhanced AI and VSLAM capabilities," said Shlomo Gadot, CEO of Inuitive. "The NU4100 addition to the Vision-on-Chip series of processors is a true revolution, based on all integrated vision capabilities, combined in a single, complete-mission computer chip. The integrated dual-camera ISP provides much-needed flexibility without having to add more components, which, in turn, require additional processing power at a higher price point."

"Inuitive is committed to bringing the most advanced technology to the market,” Gadot added. “NU4500, the next processor in our roadmap, is planned for tape-out on Q1 2023 with additional 8 cores of ARM A55, more than double the AI compute power and H.265 & H.264 video encoder & decoder and is to be the ultimate single-chip solution for robotic and applications."

The new NU4100 supports multi-camera designs and can simultaneously process and stream two imager channels of up to 12 megapixels, or 4K resolution, each at 60 frames per second (fps), while running advanced AI networks, the company said. This IC enhances the level of integration for products using Inuitive technology and speeds the AI processing power by 2x to 4x while consuming 20% less power than Inuitive's first generation.

Customer products powered by NU4100 are expected to be available starting in Q1 2023, the company said.

"Robots are increasingly reliant on vision processors. Their ability to perceive and understand the environment is fundamental to achieving a higher level of robot autonomy," said Dor Zepeniuk, CTO and vice president of product at Inuitive. "Processing streams of input from multiple cameras expand the robot's independence and flexibility, while the integrated dual-channel 4K ISP improves the system's capabilities. Both, in turn, serve the end goal of designing powerful products that are lower in cost."

NU4100 samples are already available and will be ready for mass production by January 2023, Inuitive said. For more information and technical specifications, visit the Inuitive website here.