SolidRun’s Hummingboard 8P Edge AI Packs a Punch Due to an NXP i.MX 8M Plus and Hailo-8


Embedded edge computing specialist SolidRun has launched a brand new computing board combining an NXP Semiconductors i.MX 8M Plus system-on-chip (SOC) with a Hailo-8 synthetic intelligence (AI) coprocessor: the Hummingboard 8P Edge AI.

“Our imaginative and prescient has all the time been to simplify the advanced world of embedded programs and empower engineers to innovate with out constraints,” claims SolidRun’s Sasha Strizhiver. “Our new Hummingboard 8P Edge AI SBC [Single-Board Computer] encapsulates this imaginative and prescient, providing a complete package deal that mixes cutting-edge AI inference capabilities and broad trade assist with ease of use. We imagine in enabling our prospects to focus solely on realizing their product imaginative and prescient, and with this package, we have created an built-in resolution that does simply that.”

The brand new board is not a real single-board pc, because the package truly contains three fundamental boards: a system-on-module (SOM) primarily based on the NXP i.MX 8M Plus SOC slots into the Hummingboard 8P provider board alongside an M.2 module internet hosting the Hailo-8 accelerator, whereas a radio module provides Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. A passive heatsink retains the system working cool, and for anybody working with pc imaginative and prescient there’s an non-compulsory Basler daA3840-30mc 4k picture sensor, supporting 30 frames per second (FPS) seize at eight megapixels.

The board’s fundamental processor gives 4 Arm Cortex-A53 cores working at 1.8GHz and an built-in neural processing unit (NPU) coprocessor working at a claimed 2.3 tera-operations per second (TOPS) — a welcome bonus, however eclipsed by the claimed 26 TOPS of compute out there from the Hailo-8 chip. The system additionally contains an Arm Cortex-M7 core for real-time workloads, a Tensilica HiFi 4 digital sign processor (DSP), and GC7000UL 3D graphics and GC520L 2D graphics acceleration. To this, SolidRun has added a selection of 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4 reminiscence and as much as 128GB of eMMC storage.

Elsewhere on the board is the aforementioned radio module, providing 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5 connectivity, two gigabit Ethernet ports with Energy-over-Ethernet (PoE) assist, two MIPI Digital camera Serial Interfaces (CSIs), one every of a full-size and micro-HDMI port, USB 3.0, microSD, and I2C, UART, and CAN bus assist. On the software program aspect, SolidRun provides a board assist package deal (BSP) pre-loaded on an SD Card and guarantees broad AI framework assist together with TensorFlow, TensorFlow Lite, Keras, PyTorch, and ONNX.

“The Hummingboard 8P Edge AI SBC from SolidRun represents a big milestone in edge AI growth options,” says Hailo’s Yaron Ofer of SolidRun’s launch. “With its distinctive efficiency and unparalleled power effectivity, it empowers engineers to unlock the total potential of AI purposes on the Edge and harness the capabilities of our remarkably highly effective Hailo-8 chip to drive innovation.”

The Stable Run Hummingboard 8P Edge AI is now in the stores on the SolidRun store, beginning at $590 for the 4GB mannequin; the Basler digital camera module is out there for an extra $170.


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