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Hacarus to Offer HACARUS-X-Edge for FPGA-Based Machine Edge Learning Free of Charge to Users of the Xilinx Zynq ZCU104 Evaluation Kit (Offer Lasts Until March 2019)

Hacarus Inc. (Headquarters: Kyoto City, Nakagyo-ku Ward, Representative Director: Kenshin Fujiwara) is an AI-based company that develops and expands on artificial intelligence packages. Hacarus released an AI solution called “HACARUS-X-Edge” for FPGA-based machine edge-learning, offering the Xilinx FPGA evaluation kit in joint development with PALTEK (Headquarters: Yokohama City, Kohoku-ku Ward, President and Representative Director: Kazuhide Yabuki, Securities Code: 7587), a semiconductor trading company that provides entrusted design and development support.

HACARUS-X-Edge is a lightweight artificial intelligence package that does not use current, mainstream deep learning but instead applies sparse modeling technology that excels in extracting features from small data to machine learning. We provide an AI solution that performs both learning and inference on FPGA by porting HACARUS-X-Edge to the Xilinx FPGA sold by PALTEK.

HACARUS-X-Edge is an AI solution that works offline without connecting to the cloud. Unlike general deep learning, learning and reasoning can also be executed on the edge part. This makes it possible to simplify setup and maintenance. As the first step of HACARUS-X-Edge, we provide functions targeting image analysis.

The Flow of the Image Analysis by AI on FPGA

Use Case Assumption

In regards to the industrial field, the following points are the assumed various use cases of HACARUS-X-Edge.

[Appearance Inspection] HACARUS-X-Edge can employ Appearance Inspection that can be used to receive an alert of defective items during quality control in the manufacturing process.

[Monitoring] HACARUS-X-Edge allows monitoring to detect suspicious movements inside a facility and detects intrusion of specific areas.

[Visitation Statistics] HACARUS-X-Edge gathers statistical information on the number of visitors that enter and leave a facility, as well as their length of stay.

[Monitoring Traffic Volume] HACARUS-X-Edge can also be used for collecting data on road congestion conditions and detect vacant parking lots.

Contents Included in the Evaluation Kit

The FPGA Evaluation Kit includes the software components listed below. AI solution (software) is provided by Hacarus and the FPGA kit (hardware) is provided by PALTEK.

  • ZCU104 evaluation board
  • Micro USB cable (for serial communication between the host machine and ZCU104 board)
  • Micro SD card
  • DisplayPort cable or HDMI cable
  • e-con Systems See3CAM_CU30_CLT_TC USB camera

DisplayPort or HDMI input monitor supporting either of the following resolutions is required:

  • 3840×2160
  • 1920×1080
  • 1280×720

Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC ZCU104 Evaluation Board

An Exclusive Offer of 3 Months Free

From January 2019 to the end of March, HACARUS-X-Edge will be provided free of charge to users of the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale + MPSoC ZCU104 Evaluation Kit. From this offer, users will be able to start the HACARUS-X-Edge Evaluation right away without purchasing additional hardware. To apply for this offer, please see the following website:

About PALTEK Corporation

Founded in 1982, PALTEK is a Japanese electronics manufacturing company that has sold semiconductor products in and outside of Japan as well as provided services for leading software and hardware design, entrusted design services and served as a product developing partner for specification development to prototype development and supported mass production. Based on their corporate philosophy “Symbiosis with Diverse Existence”, which means to prosper by ensuring the prosperity of one’s partners and customers, PALTEK provides methods to find the most optimal solution to problems and by doing so, contributes to a partner and customer growth.
For more details on PALTEK, please visit this website

About Hacarus

Established in 2014 as a healthcare AI venture, Hacarus develops its own AI through application of sparse modeling technology that excels in featuring extraction from small amounts of data to machine learning. To apply sparse modeling methodology to machine learning, large amounts of learning data is vital. Therefore, resulting in an AI’s decision-making processes to become a “black box” making it uninterpretable. As large quantities of computing resources are necessary in the learning phase, Hacarus tries to solve the issues that take place in engaging in deep learning.


Hacarus Corporate Profile

Kikusan Bldg. 3F Room 302
112 Machigashiracho Nakagyo-ku
Kyoto-shi Kyoto 604-8206 Japan

Established: January 2014

Capital: 100 Million Yen

Main Shareholders: Miyako Capital, Innovation Engine, Capital Medica Ventures, Ohara Pharmaceutical, Essential Pharma, Medi Future, PALTEK, Kaga Electronics, Chushin Venture Capital, Senshu Ikeda Capital, Kyogin Lease Capital, management team and private individuals.


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Telephone: 075-708-5516