Himax Ultralow Power WE-I Plus Endpoint AI Development Board Available At SparkFun To Enable AI Everywhere

TAINAN, Taiwan, Dec. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Himax Technologies, Inc.
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TAINAN, Taiwan, Dec. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Himax Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: HIMX) ("Himax"), a leading supplier and fabless manufacturer of display drivers and other semiconductor products, today announced its WE-I Plus EVB, an Endpoint AI Development Board that incorporates Himax's ultralow power HX6537-A WE-I Plus AI processor and HM0360 always-on image sensor, is now available at SparkFun, a specialized online retail store which caters to diverse demands from developers for Endpoint AI deployment.

High performance Endpoint AI solution with ultralow power consumption The WE-I Plus processor is designed to accommodate a wide selection of TinyML Neural Network models with programmable DSP running up to 400MHz clock and 2MB internal SRAM. WE-I Plus supports TensorFlow Lite for Microcontrollers framework and is able to run inferences such as open-source Google Examples, including "Hello World", "Micro Speech", "Person Detection", and "Magic Wand", all available at Google's GitHub. It is fully optimized in computer vision applications and has demonstrated to be among the lowest in power consumption using the "Person Detection" example. WE-I Plus, coupled with Himax's VGA sensor, runs the example inference and operates in power consumption as low as 2.5mW with model inference time of less than 35ms.

TinyML developer friendly Endpoint AI Development Board at SparkFunDevelopers now get easy access to Himax's leading technologies with WE-I Plus EVB available at the SparkFun online retail store for Endpoint AI system development, ultimately enabling the innovation of life-changing use cases. The all-in-one WE-I Plus EVB includes AI processor, HM0360 AoS VGA camera, 2 microphones and a 3-axis accelerometer to perform vision, voice, and vibration detection and recognition. It builds in FTDI USB-to-SPI/ I2C/ UART bridge for flash programming interfacing and message/ debug print/ metadata output. It also features two LEDs to illustrate classification results. In addition, an expansion header with I2C and GPIOs interface is offered to allow connections to external sensors or devices. Datasheets of EVB, processor and sensors are available for download on the SparkFun website.

Reference Link of Himax WE-I Plus EVB/ Endpoint AI Development Board at SparkFun https://www.SparkFun.com/products/17256

Reference Link of open-source examples of Google TensorFlow Lite for Microcontrollers at Google GitHub

Reference Link of Himax Always-On Smart Sensing https://www.himax.com.tw/products/intelligent-sensing/always-on-smart-sensing/

About Himax Technologies, Inc.

Himax Technologies, Inc. (HIMX) - Get Himax Technologies, Inc. Sponsored ADR Report is a fabless semiconductor solution provider dedicated to display imaging processing technologies. Himax is a worldwide market leader in display driver ICs and timing controllers used in TVs, laptops, monitors, mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, car navigation, virtual reality (VR) devices and many other consumer electronics devices. Additionally, Himax designs and provides controllers for touch sensor displays, in-cell Touch and Display Driver Integration (TDDI) single-chip solutions, LED driver ICs, power management ICs, scaler products for monitors and projectors, tailor-made video processing IC solutions, silicon IPs and LCOS micro-displays for augmented reality (AR) devices and heads-up displays (HUD) for automotive. The Company also offers digital camera solutions, including CMOS image sensors and wafer level optics for AR devices, 3D sensing and machine vision, which are used in a wide variety of applications such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops, TVs, PC cameras, automobiles, security, medical devices and Internet of Things. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Tainan, Taiwan, Himax currently employs around 2,000 people from three Taiwan-based offices in Tainan, Hsinchu and Taipei and country offices in China, Korea, Japan, Israel and the US. Himax has 2,915 patents granted and 551 patents pending approval worldwide as of September 30 th, 2020. Himax has retained its position as the leading display imaging processing semiconductor solution provider to consumer electronics brands worldwide.


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Eric Li, Chief IR/PR OfficerHimax Technologies, Inc.Tel: +886-6-505-0880 Ext. 60145 Fax: +886-2-2314-0877Email: hx_ir@himax.com.tw www.himax.com.tw

Karen Tiao, Investor RelationsHimax Technologies, Inc.Tel: +886-2-2370-3999 Ext. 22326 Fax: +886-2-2314-0877 Email: hx_ir@himax.com.tw www.himax.com.tw