SolidRun Hummingboard 8P Powers New Generation of Security Devices

SolidRun’s newly announced Hummingboard 8P Edge Ai single-board-computer can be implemented by product engineering teams to power products such as computer vision solutions, image and recognition devices, and surveillance equipment.

TEL AVIV—SolidRun, a developer of high-performance System on Module (SOM) solutions and developer of embedded systems, has announced the release of its new Hummingboard 8P Edge Ai single-board-computer (SBC).

Based on a unique iteration of the company’s popular Hummingboard development platform and equipped with an i.MX 8M Plus SOM and Hailo-8 AI processor, the company says the deployment-ready solution provides engineers with everything they need to reduce time to market for new products capable of powerful AI inference at the edge.

SolidRun boasts the Hummingboard 8P Edge AI is a game-changer for the industry, serving as the foundation for a wide range of applications, including computer vision, image and object recognition, surveillance, smart cities, IoT, and more. This SBC kit features the flexibility to connect two cameras, supporting Basler MIPI-CSI cameras or USB 3.0 cameras for powerful computer vision applications, and can support AI analysis of streaming video. It can also be used with an HDMI/USB touchscreen display for interactive AI applications.

“Our vision has always been to simplify the complex world of embedded systems and empower engineers to innovate without constraints,” comments Sasha Strizhiver, embedded product line manager at SolidRun.

“Our new Hummingboard 8P Edge AI SBC encapsulates this vision, offering a total package that combines cutting-edge AI inference capabilities and broad industry support with ease of use. We believe in enabling our customers to focus solely on realizing their product vision, and with this kit, we’ve created an integrated solution that does just that.”

Hailo-8 Serves as Hummingboard 8P Foundation

At the heart of the kit is the is SolidRun’s powerful and energy efficient i.MX 8M Plus SOM, which is empowered by the Hailo-8 M.2 PCIe module that is capable of up to 28 TOPS (26 TOPs coming from Hailo-8 and 2 from i.mx8M Plus). Combined, the total package, including the carrier board, runs at a low maximum draw of just 10 watts. According to the company, this performance-to-power ratio enables engineers to create AI solutions with high levels of edge inference capabilities, while being powered over PoE.

The Hailo-8 AI accelerator incorporates a proprietary dataflow architecture, which SolidRun says sets it apart from most neural processors based on more common architectures. This proprietary architecture provides low-power memory access, through the combination of purpose-built pipeline elements and a distributed memory fabric.

Out of the box the Hummingboard 8P’s architecture offers a low-power solution that supports a variety of popular AI frameworks, including TensorFlow, TensorFlow Lite, Keras, PyTorch, Keras, and ONNX. This versatility allows engineers to start their AI projects without the hassle of framework compatibility issues.

SolidRun also emphasizes that its new developer’s kit offers several advantages, including the ability to run lightweight machine learning models on the i.MX 8M Plus SoC’s embedded network accelerator, and complex models on the Hailo-8 AI accelerator, opening a world of possibilities for AI application development and testing.

“The Hummingboard 8P Edge AI SBC from SolidRun represents a significant milestone in edge AI development solutions,” adds Yaron Ofer, regional general manager at Hailo.

“With its exceptional performance and unparalleled energy efficiency, it empowers engineers to unlock the full potential of AI applications at the Edge and harness the capabilities of our remarkably powerful Hailo-8 chip to drive innovation.”

What’s Included the Hummingboard 8P Kit:

  • Hummingboard 8P Carrier Board
  • SolidRun i.MX 8M Plus SOM: 4GB or 8GB RAM options available
  • Hailo-8 AI Accelerator M.2 module
  • WiFi / Bluetooth module and antenna
  • Heatsink
  • Power adapter
  • Optional: Basler daA3840-30mc image sensor: capable of 4K image and video capture with HDR, 30 fps at 8MP resolution

Additionally, the kit is engineered to withstand a broad range of environmental conditions, supporting commercial applications ranging from 0 degrees to 70 degrees C, and industrial applications ranging from -40 degrees to 85 degrees C.

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