On October 15, 2021, SynSense, the world's leading brain-inspired smart chip design and development company, and Prophesee, the world's leading neuromorphic visual sensing company, announced a strategic partnership. The two companies will each leverage their expertise in processing and sensing to collaborate on edge-intelligent ultra-low-power solutions for event-based vision applications.

Based on this strategic cooperation, SynSense combines the self-developed low-power vision SNN processor DYNAP-CNN® with Prophase event-based Metavision® sensor on a single chip, and focuses on developing a series of Low-cost and mass-produced module products.

Since its establishment in 2017, SynSense has rapidly developed into a world leader in commercial brain-like computing technology. Based on more than 20 years of asynchronous computing research experience at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, SynSense is developing and producing a series of event-based dedicated vision processors that provide groundbreaking ultra-low power consumption and ultra-low latency performance.

Prophase breaks new ground with the industry's first commercial neuromorphic-based visual sensing platform. Its Metavision solution uses event-based vision technology, a significant improvement over traditional frame-based image acquisition methods, reducing power consumption and data processing requirements while allowing devices to operate in the most demanding conditions.

"We are delighted to enter into a strategic partnership with Prophase," said Dr. Qiao Ning, co-founder and CEO of SynSense. "Both companies are world leaders in their respective fields. The in-depth cooperation between us will promote the development of vision-based brain-inspired intelligence and accelerate the commercialization of brain-inspired technology."

Through this strategic partnership, SynSense will benefit from Profibus' sensing technology and existing extensive partner network. Prophase will also benefit from deep integration with SynSense's new processing technology and global leadership in low-power vision applications.

Event-based vision is an advanced computer vision paradigm that mimics the patterns in which the human eye records and the brain interprets visual information. Unlike traditional frame-based imaging methods, event-based vision sensors only record changes in the scene, rather than recording the entire scene at a fixed frame rate, which makes it extremely low data transmission and processing requirements (produces less data than traditional methods. 10 to 1000 times), while having higher temporal resolution (microsecond temporal resolution, i.e. equivalent to >10k images/second temporal resolution). In addition, event-based vision sensors have better low-light performance (<1lux) and dynamic range (>120dB).

In Prophase's patented event-based Metavision sensor, each pixel is embedded with an independent intelligent processor that can activate independently to trigger an event.

"With the explosive growth of IoT applications in smart homes, smart office buildings, smart industrial manufacturing and smart cities, the market's demand for edge intelligence is growing. The rich experience in sensory perception, combined with SynSense's professional accumulation in the field of brain-like processing, will accelerate the promotion and implementation of high-performance vision technology. We will work together to promote efficient and cost-effective product development and empower more Scenario use cases that provide greater benefits and improved security,” said Luca Verre, Co-Founder and CEO of Proofex.

The strategic partnership will combine the design, development, manufacturing and commercialization of brain-inspired technologies, including sensors, processing solutions, software and solutions to enable a wide range of edge intelligence applications.

“Applying brain-inspired technology to vision applications represents a huge market opportunity in many different fields. According to a recent Yole 2021 “Brain-inspired Computing and Sensing Market and Technology Report”, by 2035, neuromorphic The computing and sensing market will account for 15% to 20% of the AI ​​market, which will be a huge market of about $20 billion." said Dr. Qiao Ning, co-founder and CEO of SynSense.

The two companies will jointly promote the cooperative vision processing solution, which will be commercialized by SynSense, enabling applications such as IoT and smart home behavior detection and gesture control.

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