Kyocera Document Solutions Inc., based in Osaka, Japan, is a leading global provider of comprehensive document solutions. The company offers reliable and eco-friendly multifunctional products (MFPs) and printers, along with business applications and consultative services to optimize and manage document workflows, enhancing efficiency. With professional expertise and a culture of empathetic partnership, Kyocera aims to help organizations leverage knowledge to drive change.

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Kyocera faced several critical challenges in developing their next-generation multifunctional devices:
  • Innovative AI Functions: Develop an MFP SoC with innovative AI functions that surpass user expectations.
  • Time and Cost Efficiency: Reduce development time and cost while ensuring extensibility for future AI models.
  • Power Efficiency: Minimize SoC power consumption while providing high-performance AI features.


Kyocera selected Synopsys DesignWare® ARC EV Processor IP and ARC MetaWare EV Development Toolkit to address their challenges in developing the TASKalfa 3554ci MFPs. The ARC EV Processors offer high performance, a small memory footprint, and extensibility, making them ideal for embedded vision applications. Key features include:

  • Programmable and Configurable IP Cores: Optimized for embedded vision applications, combining software flexibility with hardware efficiency.
  • High-Performance CNN Engine: Integrated for fast and accurate execution of convolutional neural networks.
  • MetaWare EV Development Toolkit: Includes a Neural Network Compiler that translates neural networks from frameworks like Tensorflow and Pytorch into executable code for the ARC EV Processors.

The solution enabled continuous software updates of AI functions, high-performance processing with low power and cost, and accelerated the development process, achieving first-pass silicon success. Synopsys' knowledgeable and responsive technical support further enhanced the implementation.


The implementation of Synopsys DesignWare® ARC EV Processor IP and ARC MetaWare EV Development Toolkit led to significant improvements for Kyocera:

  • First-Pass Silicon Success: Achieved a first-in-its-class MFP SoC with innovative AI functions.
  • Accelerated Development Cycle: Reduced time-to-market with efficient development tools.
  • High-Performance at Low Power and Cost: Optimized processing capabilities with minimal power consumption.
  • Continuous AI Function Updates: Enabled by the programmable solution, ensuring future extensibility.
  • Exceptional Technical Support: Received excellent support from Synopsys' technical and R&D teams, enhancing the overall development experience.

These results underscore the successful partnership between Kyocera and Synopsys, leading to the efficient development of advanced multifunctional devices that meet and exceed customer expectations.