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BeagleBoard.org® Launches BeagleBone® AI, Offering a Fast Track to Getting Started with Artificial Intelligence at the Edge

BeagleBoard.org Foundation
2019-09-19 21:00 1430

ROCHESTER, Michigan, Sept. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The BeagleBoard.org® Foundation today announces general availability of the newest, fastest, most powerful BeagleBoard.org® BeagleBone® low cost development board yet, and it's driving a whole new AI revolution. Built on our proven open source Linux approach, BeagleBone® AI fills the gap between small single board computers (SBCs) and more powerful industrial computers. Leveraging the Texas Instruments Sitara™ AM5729 processor, developers have access to powerful machine learning capabilities with the ease of the BeagleBone® Black header and mechanical compatibility.

BeagleBone AI is your fast track to embedded artificial intelligence at the edge. The fastest and most flexible BeagleBone yet builds on a decade of success in open hardware single board Linux computers built to educate and help you automate your home, office, lab or manufacturing floor.
BeagleBone AI is your fast track to embedded artificial intelligence at the edge. The fastest and most flexible BeagleBone yet builds on a decade of success in open hardware single board Linux computers built to educate and help you automate your home, office, lab or manufacturing floor.

BeagleBone® AI makes it easy to explore how artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning can be used in everyday life. Through BeagleBone® AI, developers can take advantage of the TI C66x digital-signal-processor (DSP) cores and embedded-vision-engine (EVE) cores on the Sitara AM5729 processor. Machine learning is supported by an optimized TI Deep Learning (TIDL) software framework and pre-installed software tools. Downloading and running the latest examples of edge inference algorithms and applications is only a few clicks away.

"This board is the answer to our community's request to see the next major advancement in the BeagleBone® family," says Jason Kridner, co-founder of the BeagleBoard.org® Foundation. "Its feature set is jam packed and offers capabilities unparalleled by any other single board computer, open hardware or not."

BeagleBone® AI has a feature set that includes:

  • BeagleBone® Black mechanical and header compatibility
    • Works with existing BeagleBoard.org® BeagleBone® cape add-on boards and many available third-party cape add-on boards and enclosures
  • 1GB RAM and 16GB on-board eMMC flash with a high-speed interface
  • USB Type-C for power and superspeed dual-role controller; and USB Type-A host
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 2.4/5GHz WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.2/BLE
  • microHDMI video and audio output
  • Zero-download out-of-box software experience
  • TI Sitara™ AM5729 processor with:
    • Dual 1.5GHz Arm® Cortex®-A15 microprocessor subsystem
    • 2 C66x Floating-Point VLIW DSPs
    • 4 Embedded Vision Engines (EVEs) supported by the TIDL software framework library for machine learning
    • 2x Dual-Core Programmable Real-Time Unit (PRU) subsystems (4 PRUs total) for ultra-low latency control and software generated peripherals
    • 2x Dual Arm® Cortex®-M4 co-processors for real-time control and subsystem management
    • IVA-HD subsystem with support for 4K at 15fps H.264 encode/decode and other codecs at 1080p60
    • Vivante® GC320 2D graphics accelerator
    • Dual-Core PowerVR® SGX544™ 3D GPU           

"We believe this board will excel in everyday automation in industrial, commercial and home applications," stated Christine Long, Executive Director of the BeagleBoard.org® Foundation. "And at an extremely competitive price point we've made this board available to everyone. It's an industry game changer."

BeagleBone® AI is available to buy as a standalone board, heat sink and antenna included, from BeagleBoard.org's® key distribution partners. Visit http://beaglebone.ai

For information about BeagleBoard.org® Foundation, contact Christine Long, Executive Director, at christi@beagleboard.org

BeagleBoard.org® and BeagleBone® are registered trademarks of the BeagleBoard.org® Foundation, a 501c3 US-based non-profit corporation

Sitara is a trademark of Texas Instruments

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Source: BeagleBoard.org Foundation
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