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February 2018, EMBEDDED WORLD, Nuremberg, Germany

The first embedded ultra-compact Artificial Intelligence processing card for AI on Edge computing

UP Bridge the Gap - a brand of AAEON Europe - proudly announced its latest innovation at Embedded World 2018. Introducing AI Core: the first embedded ultra-compact Artificial Intelligence processing card for Edge computing.


AI Core is a mini-PCIe module powered by Intel® Movidius™ Myriad 2. This low-power module enhances all industrial IOT Edge devices with hardware accelerated deep learning and enhanced machine vision functionality. AAEON Technology is the first IPC manufacturer to address the growing need for Artificial Intelligence on the Edge with dedicated hardware.

Most IoT solutions available today 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 neural computing chip: 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.
Get your edge device to act and respond to the environment without connecting to the cloud.

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

AI Core is the perfect companion board of UP Squared, the compact expandable board powered by Intel® N3350/N4200/E3940/E3950 product family. 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 Intel® Neural Computing Stick software development kit. Get started and shorten your integration and deployment by using the comprehensive SDK for Myriad 2 that contains API and Toolkit.


AI Core is available for pre-order on UP Shop ( www.up-shop.org ) at the end user price of 69$. The product will also be available soon at channel and distributor partners of AAEON and UP. The delivery of AI Core starts in April 2018.


AI Core value position:
  • Accelerating deep learning and computer vision software on the Edge
  • Comprehensive SDK for developers
  • Mini-PCIe interface for universal compatibility
  • Ultra Low Power Consumption


AI Core is part of the new AI platform: UP AI Edge unveiled at Embedded World including:
  • UP Core Plus, Credit Card Sized board powered by 6th generation Intel® Atom Processors (X5/X7)
  • AI Plus, the expansion board powered by Intel® Cyclone® 10gx FPGA
  • AI Core, the mini PCI-Express AI module powered by Intel Myriad 2


“Intel Movidius Myriad 2 technology makes AI Core one of the most powerful and versatile AI hardware accelerators for Edge computing,” says Fabrizio Del Maffeo, AAEON Vice President, Managing Director of AAEON Technology Europe and Founder of UP Bridge the Gap. “AI CORE bridges the gap between the lab and volume production giving the chance to all the innovators who adopted Intel Neural Compute Stick to roll out a field deployment”

Visit UP Bridge The Gap website ( www.up-board.org ) or contact AAEON for more information.


Reference:
Movidius™ Myriad 2 :
https://newsroom.intel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2017/06/Myriad-2-VPU-Fact-Sheet.pdf
http://uploads.Movidius™ .com/1441734401-Myriad-2-product-brief.pdf

Movidius™ Neural Compute Stick ( NCS ) :
https://developer.Movidius™ .com/
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