Atlazo has unveiled a new System-on-Chip (SoC) solution designed specifically for tiny devices. The first-generation AZ-N1 is built with an Axon I processor that can support a number of different artificial intelligence, machine learning, and biometric applications, including voice and health monitoring applications that leverage biometric sensors.
In that regard, Atlazo believes that the new SoC will be particularly useful in audio devices, many of which are already in development. The AZ-N1 is currently being integrated into smart earbuds, hearing aids, and Personal Sound Amplification Products. It is also being deployed in health and fitness monitors, and can be used in other biometric devices.
The energy-efficient AZ-N1 offers Bluetooth connectivity, and can support as many as four microphones thanks to its low-power CODEC. The Axon I, meanwhile, is compatible with DNN, LSTM and GRNN networks.
“Atlazo’s mission is to enable smart tiny edge devices with a new level of always-on AI capabilities and analytics in an SoC form to unleash new features and applications,” said Atlazo Co-Founder and CEO Karim Arabi. “We provide comprehensive support to our customers from system design to algorithm development enabling them to add new features to expand their addressable market.”
Atlazo is now offering a sample version of its hardware and software development kit to select customers. The SDK comes with a set of AI algorithms for a handful of key functions, including speaker verification and keyword spotting.
The emphasis on audio and health monitoring devices suggests that Atlazo is hoping that its devices will help meet the growing demand for smart healthcare devices. Grand View Research has predicted that the home healthcare market will hit $515.6 billion by 2027, while the narrower healthcare biometrics market will hit $14.5 billion by 2025. Technavio has similarly argued that the healthcare AI market will have a CAGR of 28 percent leading up to 2023.