Table of Contents
- Market Categories and Deployment Types
- Key Criteria Comparison
- GigaOm Radar
- Vendor Insights
- Analyst’s Take
The market for artificial intelligence (AI) accelerator processors for edge computing is estimated to be worth some $20 billion currently and is set to double in the next five years, surpassing the spend on AI accelerators for the data center (across private and public clouds). The edge has distinct constraints that impact AI processors working in that environment: latency limits, power availability, safety-critical use cases, privacy and security concerns, and the need for data throughput capability in a typically small chip that falls within cost limits. A large group of chip suppliers has emerged in a market that’s highly competitive but is still in its early stages and yet to rationalize, making the right investment decisions a challenging task.
In three GigaOm Radar reports, we cover the vendors that are the most active in edge AI computing. The GigaOm Radar chart provides an immediate qualitative positioning of the solutions, and the report presents an in-depth analysis of each of them based on our key criteria and evaluation metrics. This edition covers edge AI processors targeting the automobile market for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD), with an emphasis on low-power devices. Vendors who provide low-power chips for other automobile functions, such as in-cabin infotainment, are not included here.
We recommend first reading the accompanying GigaOm report “Key Criteria for Evaluating Edge AI Processors,” a foundational resource that details the criteria and metrics we used to evaluate vendor offerings. GigaOm has also published Radar editions for Ultra-low Power Edge AI Processors and Low Power Edge AI Processors. It can help product manufacturers building edge technology solutions select an edge AI processor.
How to Read this Report
This GigaOm report is one of a series of documents that helps IT organizations assess competing solutions in the context of well-defined features and criteria. For a fuller understanding consider reviewing the following reports:
Key Criteria report: A detailed market sector analysis that assesses the impact that key product features and criteria have on top-line solution characteristics—such as scalability, performance, and TCO—that drive purchase decisions.
GigaOm Radar report: A forward-looking analysis that plots the relative value and progression of vendor solutions along multiple axes based on strategy and execution. The Radar report includes a breakdown of each vendor’s offering in the sector.
Solution Profile: An in-depth vendor analysis that builds on the framework developed in the Key Criteria and Radar reports to assess a company’s engagement within a technology sector. This analysis includes forward-looking guidance around both strategy and product.