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Syntiant Adopts Movellus’ Clock Network for Its Low-Power NDP120 Deep Learning Processor

Movellus, Inc. announced that Syntiant Corp. has adopted Movellus’ Maestro platform for its Syntiant NDP120 Neural Decision Processor (NDP), the edge AI chip company’s latest generation of special purpose semiconductors for always-on audio and sensor processing in battery-powered devices.

System architects developing SOCs for edge AI, data center, cryptocurrencies, space applications, or near-threshold and power-sensitive semiconductor designs face daunting clocking challenges. Maestro’s Intelligent Clock Network uses the company’s third-generation TrueDigital technology to achieve unrivaled power saving. Movellus’ all-digital implementations solve SoC-level clock distribution challenges for high-performance and ultra low power chips—including on-chip variation, jitter, clock skews, setup and hold violations, peak current, switching noise—all of which have been increasing with process node scaling. TrueDigital solutions are application-optimized and can provide impressive chip-wide benefits including up to 30% dynamic power reduction, 25x peak power savings, 30% performance gains, 4-5x faster timing signoff.

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“Movellus’ Maestro platform has enabled us to dramatically shorten our development time so we could deliver the NDP120 to customers at record pace,” said Kurt Busch, CEO of Syntiant. “Ideal for always-on, battery-powered use models, we developed the NDP120 to include the Syntiant Core 2, our second generation neural network, which provides 25x improvement in performance than our previous tensor computation core. The Movellus combination of lower power and greater control of our clocking network has paid large dividends to our development efforts.”

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“Modern SoC designs and especially AI-enabled applications present new challenges with regard to power requirements, in addition to the increased complexity of sub 10nm OCV effects,” said Mo Faisal, President and CEO of Movellus. “It’s been exciting to see our Maestro clock distribution network technology enable ultra-low power designs for customers like Syntiant without compromising performance.”

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