Industry High 98% Efficiency Demonstrated by AImotive and Nextchip

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

April 19, 2021


Industry High 98% Efficiency Demonstrated by AImotive and Nextchip
Image Courtesy of AImotive

AImotive and Nextchip are demonstrating NPU efficiency for demanding automotive vision NN workloads.


AImotive, the supplier of scalable automated driving technologies and Nextchip, a dedicated automotive vision technology company, announced that AImotive has successfully demonstrated automotive NN (Neural Network) vision applications executing at up to 98% efficiency on the aiWare3P NPU (Neural Network Processor Unit) used on Nextchip’s latest Apache5 IEP (Imaging Edge Processor). Also featuring an advanced ISP supporting imaging sensors up to 5.7Mpixel resolution, quad-core Arm A53 CPU and small package size of only 9mm by 9mm, Nextchip’s Apache5 is designed for demanding automotive edge vision applications to full AEC-Q100 Grade 2.

Thanks to a raise of all key functions on Apache5, complemented by aiWare Studio’s unique offline NN optimization tools, AImotive and Nextchip were able to demonstrate to lead customers the Apache5 IEP executing demanding automotive AI applications using the aiWare NPU within weeks of receiving first samples. Per the company, these confirm that Apache5’s aiWare3P 1.6 TOPS NPU can deliver up to 98% sustained real-time efficiency for a wide range of NN workloads. Only minimal optimization effort was required, which was completed prior to receipt of the first devices.

Nextchip has commenced shipping samples of Apache5 to lead customers, and is now accepting production enquiries.

See for more details about Apache5 and to download our latest benchmark document.

Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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