Sony’s semiconductor division has introduced that it is making a “strategic funding” in Raspberry Pi as a strategy to carry its AI tech to a wider market. The concept is to present Raspberry Pi customers all over the world a growth platform for its Aitrios edge computing (on-chip) AI platform used for picture sensing features like facial recognition. 

“We’re very happy to be partnering with Raspberry Pi Ltd. to carry our Aitrios platform — which helps the event of distinctive and numerous options using our edge AI units — to the Raspberry Pi person and developer group, and supply a novel growth expertise,” mentioned Sony Semiconductor Options president and CEO Terushi Shimizu.

The Raspberry Pi 4 and different units from the corporate give customers PC-like energy in a small kind issue. Initially designed as an academic platform to show robotics, coding and extra, it has turn out to be widespread as a approach for coders to prototype IoT (Web of Issues) and different units.  

The addition of Sony’s Aitrios may make it much more helpful. In contrast to cloud AI, it runs instantly on chips (edge computing) to scale back latency, and Sony has pitched the system for makes use of like surveillance, safety and extra. Examples cited on a devoted web site embrace stock monitoring and retention, buyer counting, license plate recognition and “detailed worker evaluation.” Sony says it preserves privateness by analyzing knowledge strictly on-chip and solely sending metadata to the cloud. 

Sony is already concerned with Raspberry Pi as a “longstanding and valued strategic associate,” the corporate mentioned. It lately offered imaging chips with autofocus functionality and helped Raspberry Pi get its UK manufacturing plant on top of things within the early days of the corporate.

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