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The First Embedded Ultra-compact AI Processing Card for on the Edge Computing

Published: Mar 07,2018

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UP Bridge the Gap, a brand of AAEON Europe, launched AI Core: the first embedded ultra-compact Artificial Intelligence processing cards for edge computing.

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AI Core is a mini-PCIe module powered by Intel Movidius Myriad 2 technology. This low-power module enhances industrial IoT edge devices with hardware accelerated deep learning and enhanced machine vision functionality. AAEON Technology is one of the first IPC manufacturers to address the growing need for Artificial Intelligence on the edge with dedicated hardware.

Most of the available IoT solutions are focused on connecting edge devices to the cloud and these deployments face challenges related to latency, network bandwidth, reliability and security. Experts in this field agree that not all the tasks and decision making processes can be addressed in cloud-only models. AI Core is the solution for cloud limitations by bringing AI performance and hardware acceleration not “at” but “ON” the edge of the Internet of Things.

AI Core is powered by an advanced vision processing unit: the Intel Movidius Myriad 2 VPU. With 512 MB onboard DDR memory this mini card module requires very little energy to enable local deep-learning and computing vision algorithms.

AI Core is ideal for object recognition in products such as drones, high-end virtual reality headsets, robotics, smart home devices, smart cameras and video surveillance solutions.

AI Core is the perfect companion board of UP Squared, the compact expandable board powered by Intel Celeron N3350, Intel Pentium N4200, Intel Atom x5-E3940, and Intel Atom x7-E3950 processor families. However, its mini-PCIe interface makes AI Core compatible with most industrial computer boards in the market.

Using the supported software tools, you can create and train your neural network in the cloud and then run it locally on AI Core.

AI Core is fully compatible with the Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick software development kit. Get started and shorten your integration and deployment by using the comprehensive SDK for Intel Movidius Myriad 2 VPU that contains API and Toolkit.

“Edge AI is not just the future of business. It has now become the present,” AAEON CEO Howard Lin said. “Companies will now have to embrace new technologies in order to build their businesses and move forward. The safest way for them to do that is to work with an innovative IPC company that has a proven track record when it comes to AI solutions. AAEON is the only company that fits the bill.”

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