AI solution looks to displace CPU/GPU designs at the edge

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By Ally Winning

Blaize has launched two new AI hardware solutions – Blaize Pathfinder is an embedded module and Blaize explorer accelerator platforms. Both solutions are built on the new Blaize Graph Streaming Processor (GSP) architecture which features 16 GSP cores and 16TOPS of AI inference performance in a small 7W power envelope. GSP provides up to 60x better system-level efficiency over GPU/CPUs in edge AI applications. Additionally, GSP offer 50x less memory bandwidth, and 10x lower latency. This efficiency does not compromise on flexibility – Blaize GSP is a 100% programmable processor with advanced capabilities including multi-threading and streaming.

Together the Blaize and Xplorer platforms coupled with the Blaize AI Software Suite offer many feature advancements over legacy GPU/CPU solutions in edge applications. Edge AI markets are predicted to grow quickly, with Omdia Research projecting that edge chipset revenue will reach $51B by 2025.

“Today’s edge solutions are either too small to compute the load or too costly and too hard to productize,” says Dinakar Munagala, Co-founder and CEO, Blaize. “Blaize AI edge computing products overcome these limitations of power, complexity and cost to unleash the adoption of AI at the edge, facilitating the migration of AI computing out of the data center to the edge.”

Blaize Pathfinder P1600 embedded SOM

The P1600 embedded SOM brings the programmability and efficiency benefits of the GSP to embedded edge AI applications. No host processor is needed for the P1600.

Blaize Xplorer Accelerator Platforms

Blaize Xplorer X1600E is a small accelerator platform for power-constrained environments that can be used to accelerate AI apps in industrial PCs or as a rack of cards in a small 1U server. The X1600P is a PCIe-based accelerator in a half-height, half-width form factor. It can provide from 16-64TOPS of AI inference performance in a very low power envelope.

Blaize AI Software Suite

The Blaize AI software suite is built on open standards and comprises the Picasso software development kit (SDK), and AI Studio, a completely code-free visual interface. The software suite provides tools for both traditional developers and non-coder domain experts. Both tools sets use Blaize Netdeploy, an innovation with edge-aware algorithms for the best accuracy and performance for edge deployments.

Blaize Pathfinder and Xplorer Pricing & Availability

Customer samples of both product lines are available now with full production expected starting in Q4 2020. The Blaize Xplorer X1600E is available for $299 in volume quantity, the Pathfinder P1600 SOM is available in industrial grade for $399 in volume quantity, and the Blaize Xplorer X1600P is available for $999 in volume quantities.

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