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GigaOm Radar on Edge AI Processors: Ultra-Low Power Editionv1.0

An Evaluation Guide for Technology Decision Makers

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Market Categories and Deployment Types
  3. Key Criteria Comparison
  4. GigaOm Radar
  5. Vendor Insights
  6. Analyst’s Take

1. Summary

The supply of artificial intelligence (AI) accelerator processors for edge computing is a market estimated to be currently worth some $20 billion and set to double in the next five years, surpassing the spend on AI accelerators in 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, not least, data throughput capability in a typically small chip and within cost limits. A large, highly competitive market of chip suppliers for edge AI processors has emerged in an early stage and has yet to rationalize, making the right investment decisions paramount.

We recommend first reading the GigaOm report “Key Criteria for Evaluating Edge AI Processors,” which provides a foundational resource for making decisions about selecting an edge AI processor to be used by product manufacturers who are building edge technology solutions. GigaOm has also published Radar editions for Low Power Edge AI Processors and Automotive Edge AI Processors.

In this GigaOm Radar report, we cover the vendors that are the most active in edge AI computing. The GigaOm Radar chart provides an immediate positioning of the solutions and the report provides an in-depth analysis of the solutions based on our key criteria and evaluation metrics.

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.