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Blaize, LeiShen Team up to Integrate Lidar and AI Functions


 September 23, 2021

Blaize and LeiShen have announced a strategic cooperation agreement to integrate lidar and artificial intelligence functions in applications aimed at autonomous operations in automotive and smart city markets in China. As part of the agreement, Blaize and LeiShen are building a sensor fusion solution that combines LeiShen lidar technology with AI processing on Blaize’s Pathfinder P1600 system-on-module embedded AI accelerator.

“LeiShen is committed to making driving safer, robots smarter and life better, with advanced, stable and reliable lidar sensing technology,” said Hu Xiaobo, founder and CEO of LeShen Intelligence. “The cooperation with Blaize will not only help customers make better use of lidar, but also enable more safe, reliable and powerful intelligent sensing applications for autonomous driving and smart city projects.”

“LeiShen innovative intelligent lidar sensing technology, and Blaize products built on our Graph Streaming Processor (GSP) architecture are an ideal combination to enable safer and more reliable autonomous operation,” said Dinakar Munagala, CEO and co-founder of Blaize. “We look forward to working with LeiShen as we serve the market providing better optimized, efficient and economic solutions for electrification, vehicle safety, infotainment, and other intelligence applications.

Blaize AI Edge400x275The Blaize  GSP architecture enables concurrent execution of multiple neural networks and entire workflows on a single system, Blaize said. This enables end-to-end applications to be built integrating non-neural network functions such as Image Signal Processing and lidar with neural network functions.

LeiShen said it is the only lidar company that has mastered the four ranging principles of time flight method, triangulation method, phase method and FMCW at the same time. It also independently developed a 1550nm fiber laser and its core components, the company added. In April 2021, LeiShen launched the second hybrid solid-state lidar in the world, and the first one officially certified by vehicle regulations in China up to CH32.

The Blaize Pathfinder P1600 AI accelerator integrated into LeiShen advanced auto-grade lidar can process point cloud data and related algorithms more efficiently, the companies said. With the built-in optimized sensor fusion algorithm, lidar can directly output the target data results, providing powerful sensor fusion solutions to autonomous driving and smart city projects.

For more details on the companies, visit the Blaize website here, and the LeiShen website here.

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