Quadric Blogs & Insights

Failback Fails.  Massive Failure!

Not just a little slow down. A massive failure! Conventional AI/ML inference silicon designs employ a dedicated, hardwired matrix engine – typically called an “NPU” – paired with a legacy programmable processor – either a […]

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New ML Networks Far Outperform Old Standbys

The ResNet family of machine learning algorithms, introduced to the AI world in 2015, pushed AI forward in new ways. However, today’s leading edge classifier networks – such as the Vision Transformer (ViT) family -  […]

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Solve SoC Bottlenecks with Smart Local Memory in AI/ML Subsystems

In today’s disaggregated electronics supply chain the (1) application software developer, (2) the ML model developer, (3) the device maker, (4) the SoC design team and (5) the NPU IP vendor often work for as […]

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Is the Transformer Era Over?

Wait! Didn’t That Era Just Begin? The idea of transformer networks has existed since the seminal publication of the Attention is All You Need paper by Google researchers in June 2017.  And while transformers quickly […]

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Why You Should Create Your Own NPU Benchmarks

It Will Make for a Much Better NPU Vendor Evaluation. We’ve written before about the ways benchmarks for NPUs can be manipulated to the point where you just can’t trust them. There are two common […]

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Quadric Chimera SDK Update Adds 10 New Benchmark ML Networks

Llama2, YOLO Family and MediaPipe family of networks now available October 31, 2023 Quadric today delivered a Halloween treat for all registered users of the Quadric Developers’ Studio. (Link).   This latest update of the industry’s […]

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Why You Can’t Trust Your NPU Vendor’s Benchmarks

Your Spreadsheet Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story. Thinking of adding an NPU to your next SoC design? Then you’ll probably begin the search by sending prospective vendors a list of questions, typically called an RFI […]

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How to Unlock the Power of Operator Fusion to Accelerate AI

In July of 1887, Carl Benz held the first public outing for his “vehicle powered by a gas engine” – the first automobile ever invented. Nine short months after the first car was publicly displayed, […]

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Compiler-driven Performance Boosts for GPNPUs

Graph Compilers are just getting started! The GNU C Compiler – GCC – was first released in 1987.  36 years ago.  Several version streams are still actively being developed and enhanced, with GCC13 being the […]

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Vision Transformers Change the AI Acceleration Rules

Transformers were first introduced by the team at Google Brain in 2017 in their paper, “Attention is All You Need“. Since their introduction, transformers have inspired a flurry of investment and research which have produced […]

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Crowds Wowed With First Integrated ML + DSP Development System at Embedded Vision Summit

We demonstrated our Quadric Developer Studio at Embedded Vision Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22 and 23, 2023, at the Santa Clara Convention Center. We’d like to say the crowds went wild, but when’s […]

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Avoid Getting Stranded on the Machine Learning Roadside

A big reason purely electric car sales only reached 6% of new vehicle sales in Q3 2022 is the fear of running low on battery power and the lack of readily available fast-charging infrastructure. This […]

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Don't Fall for Fallback

With the passage of time, Fallback only gets worse. ML models are rapidly evolving, so the reference models of 2022 or 2023 will be replaced with newer, more accurate and more complex ML models in […]

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Why GPNPU?

Quadric's GPNPU delivers benefits to both SoC developers and downstream software programmers, speeding both chip design and application development. Why Chip Designers Need a General Purpose Neural Processing Unit (GPNPU) The Rise of AI in […]

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YOLO Detection – Accelerating Non Maximal Suppression

In this blog post, quadric explores the acceleration of the Non-Maximal Suppression (NMS) algorithm used by object detection neural networks such as Tiny Yolo V3. We dive into the challenges of accelerating NMS, and why […]

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Algorithm Stories: 1D FFT

We want to drive home the point that along with Neural Network acceleration, we also accelerate data parallelism for classical algorithms, as well. We selected the Fourier Transform because of its historical and continued importance […]

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How the Quadric Architecture Works

The first in a series of Algorithm Stories. In this blog post, the first in a series, we would like to reinforce the idea that our architecture is code-driven. On our architecture overview page, we […]

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Quadric Meet Pi

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 + quadric Dev Kit Rewind to October of 2020. The pandemic is in full effect. Droves of stuck-at-home individuals were ready to jump into World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, only to be […]

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The Quadric Concept

The story of our brand. The quadric Concept What is a quadric? And what’s with the logo?  People ask this quite often. I wanted to put down a few thoughts on the matter and tie […]

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