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Softbank and Inuitive collaborate on AI and IoT

Steve Rogerson
December 7, 2017
Israeli fabless semiconductor company Inuitive and Japanese giant Softbank are working together to develop artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning and 3D sensing with computer vision capabilities for future IoT applications.
This collaboration will draw from the expertise of both companies in AI by leveraging Inuitive's existing and future vision processors and its AI framework with Softbank's IoT platforms, which offer heterogeneous processing capabilities for embedded products. The companies expect the collaboration to drive the popularity and development of smart IoT devices and systems.
IoT devices are becoming more intelligent with the proliferation of AI. Implementing AI lets edge devices provide human-like interaction while keeping a consumer market price tag. Additional benefits of on-chip AI include real-time performance, privacy protection and longer operation time.
"To develop an AI framework, it takes efforts from players in multiple domains," said Shlomo Gadot, founder and chief executive officer of Inuitive. "The strategic collaboration between Inuitive and Softbank will advance on-device intelligence by leveraging Inuitive's advanced technologies and Softbank market proven technologies. Together we'll push the performance envelope and extend AI to places that are currently beyond reach. Our strategic collaboration will become a turning point for the whole on-chip AI industry."
Softbank is focused on optimising high-end platforms to accelerate AI products use cases in the areas of computer vision and neural networks and is researching broader executions in the areas of objects recognition, scene reconstruction and power management.
"Softbank has been conducting research in AI over a decade," said Hironobu Tamba, vice president at SoftBank. "We look forward to the results of our collaboration with Inuitive to further accelerate new and exciting capabilities of on-chip AI for millions of devices."