O.C.E. Technology Demonstrates New AI Chip for Embedded Vision Applications in Space

Hisaor - O.C.E. Technology’s new artificial intelligence chip for embedded vision applications in space (Source: O.C.E. Technology).

O.C.E. Technology Demonstrates New AI Chip for Embedded Vision Applications in Space

O.C.E. Technology, an Irish space technology company, has today presented and demonstrated its new artificial intelligence (AI) chip for embedded vision applications at the 2nd European Workshop on On-Board Data Processing. This virtual event is being hosted by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).

The new AI chip called hisaor, from the Irish phrase for artificial intelligence (intleacht shaorga), incorporates eight GPUs and 8 neural network accelerators as an AI co-processing unit. Four ARM Cortex-A9 processors are the primary processing unit for the main operating system. Hisaor also includes multiple on-chip camera interfaces and video encoding and decoding units along with multiple high-speed bus interfaces.

Barry Kavanagh, CEO, O.C.E. Technology, said, “Hisaor will enable new space applications to process high-resolution video and hyperspectral images on satellites minimising download data quantities and providing faster response to terrestrial data collected from onboard sensors.”

He added, “The hisaor development environment is based on VeriSilicon’s Vivante Acuity™ software tools which make it easy for embedded developers to port their AI models trained in the cloud and execute these models on the chip. I see this as one of the main strengths of the product.”

Hisaor was a joint development with Zhuhai Orbita Aerospace Science & Technology Co. Ltd.  and is based on a collection of mature IP from leading companies. Work has also started on porting O.C.E.’s safety-approved real-time operating system OCEOS to the hisaor platform.

O.C.E. Technology is also actively targeting the new technology at non-space applications such as autonomous vehicles, medical devices and intelligent manufacturing.

The company headquartered at NovaUCD, the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin (UCD), develops software for technical applications and supplies radiation-hardened chip-level components targeted primarily at the space and high-reliability sectors.

O.C.E. is already operating in Europe, Korea, China, Russia and Singapore through a network of distributors.

O.C.E., an Enterprise Ireland supported company, also supplies a range of satellite subsystems including solar cells, batteries, and attitude control units. These subsystems are already well proven on the Chinese space programme.

16 June 2021

For further information contact Micéal Whelan, Communications and Media Relations Manager, UCD Research and Innovation, e: miceal.whelan@ucd.ie or Tony Cahill, O.C.E. Technology, Vice-President Sales, t: +353 1 716 3530 or e: tony.cahill@ocetechnology.com.

Editors Notes

O.C.E. Technology provides software tools, real-time embedded system design, system-on-chip (SOC) and system-in-package (SIP) hardware products to international clients. The unique features of OCE's software tools allow more cost-effective embedded systems development. www.ocetechnology.com

At NovaUCD, the hub for new ventures and entrepreneurs at University College Dublin, we nurture and support new high-tech and knowledge-intensive companies as part of UCD’s mission. At NovaUCD we provide purpose-built, state-of-the-art incubation facilities alongside a comprehensive business support programme for client companies such as O.C.E. Technology, a UCD spin-in company. NovaUCD has been funded through a unique public-private partnership that includes AIB Bank, Arthur Cox, Deloitte, Enterprise Ireland, Ericsson, Goodbody Stockbrokers, UCD and Xilinx. www.novaucd.ie