Deep Learning

Deep learning—frequently implemented using artificial neural networks (ANNs) such as convolutional neural networks (CNNs) and deep neural networks (DNNs)—has emerged as a compelling approach for a range of computer vision tasks. Deep learning models human perception and has proven highly successful in a range of applications, including computer vision.

BDTI has hands-on experience with CNNs for vision applications on a wide variety of processing platforms and can help your company select the most suitable processor for your CNN-based application. BDTI's work with several silicon and silicon IP vendors highlights this experience. For example:

  • A leading electronic design tools company engaged BDTI to analyze its silicon IP for implementing CNN-based applications in low-cost, low-power products. Relying on long experience in developing embedded signal processing applications on a wide range of processing platforms, BDTI carefully examined the architectural design and implementation methodology through hands-on analysis. The results of the analysis showed that the architecture has an attractive performance-power-area trade-off compared to GPUs.
  • NVIDIA engaged BDTI to evaluate the Jetson TX1 Developer Kit by developing a deep-learning-based computer vision application. BDTI also used the kit to develop a classic computer vision algorithm. Using its knowledge of embedded application development practices, BDTI was able to identify several stand-out features of the kit. Read BDTI's report, "Test Drive of the NVIDIA Jetson TX1 Developer Kit for Deep Learning and Computer Vision Applications."
  • A programmable logic vendor, seeking new markets for its devices, engaged BDTI to evaluate the suitability of the company's architecture for CNN-based vision applications. By relying on its years of designing and implementing benchmarking methodologies, BDTI developed an approach involving implementation of a convolutional layer on the customer's architecture and a competitor. The results pointed out several unique advantages of programmable logic over GPUs.

Or, if you need a CNN for your product, BDTI can design and build a CNN-based application for you. Also, if you need better performance from your existing CNN-based application, BDTI can optimize its performance. Customer engagements include:

  • A programmable processor vendor engaged BDTI to build a CNN-based pedestrian detection application that would run efficiently on its ARM-based SoC. BDTI selected a suitable CNN architecture, then with the target processor in mind, experimented with various designs to reduce computational demand while maintaining acceptable accuracy. BDTI's implementation efficiently and reliably runs on the customer's programmable processor.

Learn more about BDTI’s computer vision design services and see examples of our work.

Call BDTI at +1 925 954 1411 or contact us via the web to discuss how BDTI can help with your computer vision project. All inquiries are confidential.