Oclea SoMs Bring Machine Learning at the Edge Closer

13 June, 2019

At the Embedded Vision Summit in May we launched the OcleaTM CV22 SoM which adds to our existing OcleaTM S5L SoM and our newest Evaluation Kits (EVKs).

Hosted by Embedded Vision Alliance, the Summit offers a perfect platform to reach industry audiences through product demonstrations and presentations.

Ian Billing, Teknique’s QA Manager, was on stage at the Summit sharing our vision for the role of OcleaTM EVKs and SoMs on the embedded vision market. We caught up with Ian afterwards.

Editor: What was your highlight of the Embedded Vision Summit?

Ian: Receiving first-hand feedback from the industry on our latest SoM which brings machine learning at the edge into the OcleaTM product range. Teknique hosting a booth at the Summit for the first time was also hugely exciting, it was great to catch up with people there and get such a positive response from attendees.

Editor: Which topics were top of mind for attendees at the Summit?

Ian: The Summit’s audience is engineers and developers who are specialists in embedded vision and everyone is focused on finding ways to get video-enabled products to market faster. Our industry has machine learning at the edge firmly in its sights and is excited about the possibilities offered by more self-contained devices which don’t have huge bandwidth, power and memory requirements for transferring data.

Editor: How does the OcleaTM range benefit the design and development process?

Ian: The EVK and SoM provides engineers with a ready to go module they can use to fast track the early stages of R&D. Combined with the GStreamer pipeline from our SDK (which means no re-writing code), this approach equates to a 6-7 month head start on the development process.

Editor: What is the business benefit?

Ian: Well it’s all about minimising risk because every step in the iterative R&D process incurs extra time and cost. I’m an engineer so I understand the sense of accomplishment that comes from R&D but let’s face it – prototyping hardware components is fraught with challenges and if these can be avoided then the chances of successfully shipping a product on time and budget is increased.

Editor: How did people at the Summit react to the vision of a systems approach rather than developing discrete components?

Ian: The overwhelming response was ‘I get it – why reinvent the wheel’, especially when people hear that Teknique has been applying this approach to our customised solutions for well over a year. It’s an exciting time as we look to launch new third party integrations in our SDK too, so I encourage anyone reading this to check in soon for news.