XMOS  

Bristol, 
United Kingdom
  • Booth: 1931


XMOS is a deep tech company at the leading edge of the AIoT

In 2005, a small team assembled from the University of Bristol. They saw that a fast, flexible and cost-effective microcontroller was needed to enable designers to respond quickly to diversifying market demand. The first-generation microcontroller established XMOS as a name in the USB audio sector.

The team’s vision quickly shifted towards developing a powerful AI processor; this led the company to a fork in the road in 2016. Caught between two very different technical and commercial models, XMOS split into two entities: Graphcore was created to focus on server-side AI, and XMOS continued the quest towards low-cost, efficient embedded intelligence.

That quest has become reality. Voice is the most significant AI application in the market, and in 2019, XMOS brought out the highest performing far-field 2-mic voice-interface for just under a dollar.

Today, XMOS has developed a new, disruptive crossover processor for the AIoT market – xcore.ai. Fast, flexible and economical, xcore.ai puts intelligence at the core of smart products. For the first time, high performance AI, DSP, control and IO have come together in a single device - with prices from $1.


 Press Releases

  • From the company that brought out the highest performing voice interface for under a dollar, comes xcore.ai - the fast, flexible and economical processor, designed for the AIoT.

    Bristol, UK, 13th February 2020 — Tech company XMOS today announces xcore.ai - its new, disruptive crossover processor for the AIoT market, which delivers high performance AI, DSP, control and IO in a single device – with prices from $1.

    Traditionally this type of capability would be deployed either through a powerful (and costly) Applications Processor, or a microcontroller with additional components to accelerate key capabilities. However, the new xcore.ai crossover processor from XMOS is architected to deliver real-time inferencing and decisioning at the edge, as well as signal processing, control and communications, enabling electronics manufacturers to integrate high performance processing and intelligence economically into their products.

    Today’s smart devices typically require energy-hungry and costly connectivity to the cloud. This comes marred with challenges around latency, connectivity, privacy and energy consumption. By providing efficient, high-performance compute at the edge, xcore.ai delivers solutions to each of these challenges while keeping cost low and design potential high. 

    xcore.ai heralds an entirely new generation of embedded platform, it’s the most versatile, scalable, cost-effective and easy-to-use processor on the market today. With its fast processing and neural network capabilities, xcore.ai enables data to be processed locally and actions taken on-device -within nanoseconds. In the rapidly evolving AIoT ecosystem, this enables manufacturers to build smarter sensing technology that fits seamlessly into our lives.

    But what does this all mean in reality and can xcore.ai help to change the user experience for the better?  

    Imagine the humble smoke detector – a device designed to ensure our safety. They’ve come a long way since the first alarm was patented in 1890, but do they do enough?  Yes, they alert us to danger and we instinctively know to exit the premises when we hear the alarm, but how can we truly optimise the smoke detector to dramatically reduce risk and support rescue and recovery?

    With xcore.ai embedded, a smoke detector could use radar and imaging to identify whether there are people in the affected building and, if so, determine how many and where they are located.  Using voice interfaces, the detector could communicate with those inside, while vital sign detection could identify whether they are breathing.  Put together, this builds an intelligent picture of the environment that can be fed straight to the emergency services, enabling an informed rescue operation, improving accuracy and speed of response.

    XMOS CEO Mark Lippett said: “xcore.ai delivers the world’s highest processing power for a dollar. This, coupled with its flexibility means electronics manufacturers (no matter their size) can embed multi-modal processing in smart devices to make life simpler, safer and more satisfying for all.”

    Product demos will be available from June 2020. To find out more or to register to join our alpha programme, visit xcore.ai.

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 Products

  • xcore.ai
    A fast, flexible and economical platform for the AIoT, which provides high performance, AI, DSP, IO and control in a single device. xcore.ai is the new crossover processor that delivers on flexibility and economics without sacrificing performance....

  • xcore.ai is a fast, flexible and economical platform for the AIoT, which delivers high performance, AI, DSP, IO and control in a single device.Traditionally this type of capability would be deployed either through a powerful (and costly) applications processor or a microcontroller with additional components to accelerate key capabilities. 

    For the AIoT, which involves new and specialised tasks, such as real-time inferencing and decisioning at the edge, as well as signal processing, control and communications, xcore.ai is the answer. 

    On-device intelligence

    xcore.ai enables developers to embed intelligence at the edge. With fully programmable ports, fast processing and neural network capabilities, xcore.ai processes data locally and takes actions on device – within nanoseconds. With highly efficient computation of deep neural networks, inferences and characterisation of 8bit and binarized network models are supported (as well as 16bit and 32bit). xcore.ai is programmable in C using industry standard tools, and developers can access machine learning capabilities and fine tune their models for accuracy and performance using standard frameworks such as TensorFlow Lite.

    Compute

    xcore.ai is architected to deliver tailored, functional performance for AIoT applications. With 16 logical cores, the new crossover processor provides efficient, high performance compute at the edge, enabling sensing, signal processing, machine learning, control and communication to all be processed concurrently. Unlike other processors, xcore.ai is lightning fast and predictable, with execution determinism measured in single cycles – which means it takes milliseconds to boot from zero-power and nanoseconds to transition from low power standby to full performance.

     

    Flexibility

    Utilising the four types of compute on xcore.ai, manufacturers can design new intelligent product types for the AIoT, as well as enhancing electronics that already surround us. xcore.ai has the highest processing power and most flexibility for the cost. This means that electronics manufacturers (no matter their size) can embed more intelligence in IoT devices to make life simpler, safer and more satisfying for all.

    Cost

    Cost is a significant consideration for any designer of smart products. Today’s devices require either multiple discrete components or bigger, more expensive processors or SoCs to deliver sufficient performance, inferencing and connectivity.  With flexible forms of compute and connectivity in a single device, xcore.ai keeps the eBOM costs low, and design potential high.