Axelera AI announces availability of Metis Evaluation Kits to advance Edge AI Vision

Las Vegas, USA and Nuremberg, DE - April 8, 2024
Axelera AI, the leading provider of purpose-built AI hardware acceleration technology for generative AI and computer vision inference, today announced the availability and worldwide shipments of its Metis Evaluation Kits. The Kits are available in a variety of vision-ready form factors suitable for both x86 and ARM architectures, including industrial PCs from Advantech, IT market solutions from leaders such as Dell and Lenovo, as well as an embedded system from Firefly. Each system is enhanced with a pre-release version of the Metis AI Processing Unit on a PCIe card, accompanied by the Voyager Software Development Kit.

The Metis Evaluation Kits include x86 and ArmRM host systems with preinstalled Metis PCIe accelerator card and Voyager SDK, supporting developers to quickly build, tune and bring to market edge AI applications, such as multi-channel video analytics, quality inspection and people monitoring. Pre-loaded with state-of-the-art detection and classification neural networks, including YOLOv5 and YOLOv7, the Metis platform enables freedom to innovate by leveraging industry-leading combination of high frame rates and top-accuracy AI processing, all at a fraction of the cost and power consumption of traditional GPU-based solutions.

“As AI transforms security surveillance, manufacturing, retail and many other essential sectors of the economy, demand for processing performance continues to surge,” said Flavio Devidé, Vice President of Sales & Customer Success at Axelera AI. “The Metis AI platform, based on breakthrough Digital In-Memory Computing and a RISC-V controlled dataflow, offers a new level of cost-efficient performance to enable a wide range of new opportunities at the edge. The worldwide availability of the Metis Evaluation Kit accelerates the efforts of the entire industry as it builds the next generation of industrial, smart AI products.”

Attendees at ISC West and Embedded World will have the unique opportunity to see how Axelera AI’s customers are shaping the future of AI-enhanced video surveillance and machine vision applications.

Transforming industries at scale with industry partners

Together with System Electronics and SECO, Axelera AI will showcase the innovative Order Flow Assist solution at Embedded World. Powered by Axelera AI’s Metis processing unit, the system will significantly enhance efficiency and safety for automated warehouse systems and logistics. Harnessing the power of sophisticated AI vision, the system utilizes precise hand keypoint detection, identification of objects picked, and a real-time user interface connected to the warehouse management system to enhance quality and efficiency, while reducing human errors, time needed to train workers and stress in the workplace.

In collaboration with Fogsphere, Axelera AI is enhancing workplace safety by enabling real-time monitoring of safety gear usage in work areas. This includes identifying unauthorized absence or failure to wear the necessary helmets and vests. The Metis platform allows Fogsphere to enable a multitude of use-cases, ranging from access control and emergency management to behavioral safety, PPE monitoring and emerging AIoT applications.

‘Integrating the Axelera AI Accelerator into our Fogsphere platform has significantly bolstered our ability to deliver high-performance workplace safety monitoring solutions that operate entirely at the edge for our oil & gas industry clients. This collaboration with Axelera enables us to achieve exceptional performance across a diverse range of industrial use cases, while keeping the cost per monitoring channel manageable. Such advancements not only enhance our product suite but also improve project feasibility for our customers, ensuring their continued trust and satisfaction in our innovative solutions – Pasquale Giampa, CEO – Fogsphere

At ISC West as well as at Embedded World, Axelera AI will showcase video surveillance analytics with 24 streams running on a single Metis AI PCIe accelerator card delivering high-accuracy YOLO-enabled video analytics. Delivering industry-leading low cost-per-channel, this demonstration of Edge AI can seamlessly integrate into NVRs or AI Edge appliance systems into dynamic, next-generation cost-effective security solutions.

Accelerate your innovation now with the Metis AI Evaluation Kits, available for ordering.

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The Axelera AI Metis Platform accelerates prototyping and deploying (vision) AI acceleration by providing a comprehensive hardware and software solution with unmatched usability and cost-efficiency.

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About Axelera AI

Axelera AI is providing the world’s most powerful and advanced solutions for edge AI inference. Its first-generation product is the game-changing Metis™ AI platform – a holistic hardware and software solution for AI inference – which delivers world’s highest performance and usability at a fraction of power consumption and cost of available solutions. Headquartered in the AI Innovation Center of the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Axelera AI has R&D offices in Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and the UK, with more than 160 employees in 17 countries. Its team of experts in AI software and hardware hail from top AI firms and Fortune 500 companies.


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