DesignWare ARC NPX NPU IP

DesignWare ARC NPX NPU IP

The Industry’s Highest Performance NPU IP

ARC NPX6 and NPX6FS NPU IP meet the requirements of AI applications such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), surveillance, digital TVs, and cameras. These applications implement complex neural network models that put high demands on compute and memory resources, often for safety-critical functions.

Up to 3,500 TOPS Performance for Intelligent SoC Designs

The new DesignWare® ARC® NPX Neural Processing Unit (NPU) IP family delivers the industry’s highest performance and support for the latest, most complex neural network models. The DesignWare ARC NPX6 NPU IP features up to 96K MACs with enhanced utilization, new sparsity features and new interconnect for scalability that address the demands of real-time compute with ultra-low power consumption for AI applications.

A single instance of the ARC NPX6 NPU IP delivers up to 250 TOPS at 1.3 GHz on 5nm processes in worst-case conditions, or up to 440 TOPS by using new sparsity features that can increase the performance and decrease energy demands of executing a neural network. Both the NPU IP and the new MetaWare MX Development Toolkit integrate connectivity features that enable implementation of multiple NPU instances to achieve up to 3,500 TOPS performance on a single SoC. 

Neural Processor IP for Functional Safety

The DesignWare ARC NPX6FS NPU IP meets stringent random hardware fault detection and systematic functional safety development flow requirements to achieve up to ISO 26262 ASIL D compliance. The processors, with comprehensive safety documentation included, feature dedicated safety mechanisms for ISO 26262 compliance and address the mixed-criticality and virtualization requirements of next-generation zonal architectures.

High-Productivity Software Tools

The ARC MetaWare MX Development Toolkit includes compilers and debugger, neural network software development kit (SDK), virtual platforms SDK, runtimes and libraries, and advanced simulation models. MetaWare MX offers a single toolchain to accelerate application development and automatically partitions algorithms across the MAC resources for highly efficient processing. For safety-critical automotive applications, the MetaWare MX Development Toolkit for Safety includes a safety manual and a safety guide to help developers meet the ISO 26262 requirements and prepare for ISO 26262 compliance testing.

Features and Licensable Options

NPX6

NPX6FS

MACs

4,096 – 98,304

4,096 – 98,304

L2 Shared Memory

0 – 64 MB

0 – 64 MB

L2 Controller

Tensor Accelerator

Tensor Floating Point Unit (FPU)

Optional

Optional

Trace

Memory Management Unit (MMU)

Functional Safety

 

ASIL B/D