Synaptics buys Emza Visual Sense


The addition extends Synaptics’ position in Edge AI and allows it to immediately serve the PC market with a proven solution for human presence detection (HPD) applications, supporting look-away detect and on-looker detect features, while addressing system user security and privacy concerns.

“Bringing together key enabling technologies in edge hardware and algorithms for computer vision, audio, and security, while leveraging decades of experience and deep knowledge of customers’ requirements, will allow us to together rapidly deploy, scale, and re-define the HPD experience,” says Synaptics svp Saleel Awsare.

A typical low-power smart vision architecture consists of a low-resolution image sensor coupled with an Edge AI SoC that is usually constrained with respect to compute and memory resources.


Already deployed and field proven for a multitude of applications, Emza’s ML algorithms address resource-constrained environments by maximising AI inference per milliwatt for optimal visual sensing performance.

The Emza solution complements Synaptics’ Katana  AI SoC platform and together they enable HPD applications in devices ranging from PCs, notebooks, and smart TVs, to assisted living cameras.

Based in Giv’atayim, near Tel Aviv, the Emza team will become part of Synaptics Israel, in Herzliya.





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