S7-1500 TM NPU  – Artificial intelligence

Siemens has developed a module that adds artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to its Simatic S7-1500 controllers and the ET 200MP I/O system. The S7-1500 TM NPU (neural processing unit) is equipped with an Intel Movidius Myriad X Vision neural network chip, which is used in combination with a trained neural system on an SD card.

The module can process data from a connected sensor system – such as a camera or microphone – or from the CPU. Using machine-learning algorithms, for example, it can guide robot systems or perform visual quality checks in production plants. It is said to result in efficient, “human-like” behaviour.

The neural processing unit, S7-1500 TM NPU, is equipped with the Intel Movidius Myriad X Vision processing unit to enable the efficient processing of neural networks. The module works with a trained neural system on an SD card and is equipped with USB 3.1 interfaces and a Gigabit Ethernet port. This enables data from a connected sensor system or a CPU program to be processed on site within seconds. The application of machine-learning algorithms, e.g. a trained neural system, allows for the optimization of e.g. visual quality checks in production plants or image-guided robot systems.