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114 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2020 The second dry-processing technique uses screen-printable thick film circuits in the man- ufacturing process. The process is very simple. Conductive inks, such as silver and carbon, are screen-printed on a textile substrate and baked. It is not capable to generate fine lines with high conductivity, but it can create sta- ble traces on the fabric's rough surface using appropriate screen masks. Double-sided and multilayer circuits can be created by repeating the printing processes, and large circuits up to 2x3 meters are available. Silver and carbon ink are screen-printed to form a pressure sensor array on cotton sheets. The sensor array detects weight distribution continuously while the patient is lying down. An example of this application is shown in Fig- ure 1. The technology is fairly new but used in many applications in the medical and health- care industries. The technology curve and market upswing will be V-shaped in the near future. FLEX007 Dominique K. Numakura is the managing director of DKN Research LLC. To read past columns or contact Numakura, click here. Cadence Design Systems announced that Kneron, a leading provider of on-device edge AI solutions, has inte- grated the Cadence Tensilica Vision P6 DSP in its next- generation KL720, a 1.4TOPS AI system-on-chip (SoC) targeted for AI of things (AIoT), smart home, smart surveil- lance, security, robotics and indus- trial control applications. Demon- strating its continued leadership in the low-power, high-performance vision DSP market, the Tensil- ica Vision P6 DSP provides Kneron with up to 2X faster performance for computer vision and neural net- work processing compared to its prior-generation SoC, while deliver- ing the power efficiency crucial for edge AI. In designing the KL720, Kneron prioritized design flexibility and configurability for its cus- tomers, promoting seamless AI development and deploy- ment when using the new platform. "Removing hurdles and making AI algorithm deploy- ment on our platform easy is key for us and our cus- tomers' success as our mission is to enable AI everywhere, for everyone," said Albert Liu, founder and CEO of Kneron. "The Tensilica Vision P6 DSP packs a lot of com- pute capacity to tackle the latest AI challenges. Additionally, Cadence's electronic design automation full flow along with on-site support helped tremendously to speed up IP integration and reduce time to market." (Source: Business Wire) Kneron Boosts On-Device Edge AI Computing Performance With Cadence Tensilica IP Figure 1: An example of a pressure sensor array.

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