Embedding Programmable DNNs in Low-Power SoCs

Wednesday, May 23, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Summit Track: 
Enabling Technologies
Exhibit Hall A-2

In this talk, we present the latest generation of FotoNation's Image Processing Unit (IPU)—an embedded AI enabled image processing engine that can be customized and adapted to suit a wide range of imaging tasks. Due to its scalable nature, the IPU can be deployed in low-power applications such as IoT devices, and can also be scaled up to much more powerful configurations suitable for challenging automotive computer vision applications. And, in perhaps the most exciting development, the latest variants of the IPU feature FotoNation's programmable convolutional neural network engine (pCNN), which can implement CNN architectures created using state-of-art design tools such as TensorFlow and Caffe. The pCNN hardware architecture, optimized for image analytics and our state of the art DBI™ digital bonding interconnect technology, can also implement multiple CNNs in parallel being able to meet most stringent real time requirements. The combination of the IPU and DBI™ enables advanced artificial intelligence solutions implemented on mid-sized chips – opening the door to powerful AI driven imaging solutions that you can carry in your pocket.


Petronel Bigioi

Senior VP Engineering & General Manager, Xperi

Dr. Petronel Bigioi is Senior Vice President of engineering and general manager of FotoNation, imaging business unit of XPERI Corporation. In this role, he leads a 100+ engineering team developing image processing solutions to address various problems in the digital still camera, mobile phone and other related markets. FotoNation technology can be found in more than 3 billion imaging devices worldwide.

Petronel got his B.Sc. in electronics engineering (1997) from Transilvania University, Brasov. Petronel also holds a couple of master degrees in ASIC design (Transilvania University, Brasov, 1998) and Networks and Communications (National University of Ireland, Galway, 2000). Petronel obtained his Ph.D. in electronics from Transilvania University (2005), his work being recognized by Romanian academy of science with a Gheorghe Cartianu” award.

Petronel has over 40 presented and published papers and more than 500 granted and published U.S. and international patents to date. Petronel is a IEEE fellow with over 20 years of experience in the digital still camera and mobile phone industries, working in both image processing and connectivity. A co-founder of several succesfull companies (including Foto Nation), he is also a pioneer of digital camera connectivity, a co-author and actively involved in the picture transfer protocol (PTP) and PTP-over-IP networks communication standards.

Married, father of four, Petronel enjoys photography, playing ping pong and is a music aficionado in his spare time.

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