Partners launch high-performance and embedded AI platform

05-10-2021 | MicroSys Electronics | Subs & Systems

MicroSys Electronics has partnered with AI chipmaker Hailo to launch its miriac AIP-LX2160A embedded platform hosting up to five integrated Hailo-8 AI accelerator modules. The new edge server-grade AI solution facilitates high-performance and scalable AI inference capabilities at the edge. The new, application-ready AI platform provides industries a high bandwidth and power-efficient solution at the edge, serving an extensive range of applications in Industry 4.0, heavy machinery, automotive, and more.

Powered by the NXP QorIQ Layerscape LX2160A high-throughput processor technology, the platform can combine multiple advanced Hailo-8 AI accelerators and provides best-in-class processing performance and deep learning capabilities of up to 130TOPS. The combined solution produces exceptional AI computing performance over multiple standard NN benchmarks, including over 6000FPS on Resnet-50, over 5000FPS on Mobilenet-V1 SSD and close to 1000FPS on YOLOv5m.

Awarded the “Best AI and Vision Processor 2021” by the Edge AI and Vision Alliance, the automotive-grade Hailo-8 claims to outperform other available AI processors for edge computing with up to 26TOPS at a typical power consumption of 2.5W. The embedded platform, combining the Hailo-8 AI processor with MicroSys’s Arm Cortex NXP Layerscape platforms, provide customers with the benefit of highly efficient AI implemented into their connected edge appliances for situational awareness and predictive maintenance analytics.

“Our strategic partnership with Hailo is an important milestone, helping our customers reap the enormous benefits of AI and neural networks,” said Ina Sophia Schindler, managing director at MicroSys Electronics. “Hailo’s AI processor allows edge devices to run full-scale deep learning applications more efficiently, effectively, and sustainably while significantly lowering costs. In combination with our NXP processor-based platforms, our customers get one of the most powerful AI solutions that can be developed for edge applications.”

Typical markets for this new application-ready bundle comprise low-power IIoT and Industry 4.0 edge servers for collaborative robotics, predictive maintenance, video surveillance servers in infrastructures with distributed cameras, communication servers for autonomous vehicles in logistics and agriculture, and heavy equipment for construction, and edge servers in trains where multiple GigE Vision camera streams are analysed with AI for increased safety and security.

“We are excited to partner with MicroSys, a world leader in embedded systems,” said Orr Danon, CEO and co-founder of Hailo. “This collaboration strengthens our position in the edge computing sector, enabling us to further address the rapidly growing market seeking embedded edge platforms with robust AI capabilities. We look forward to continuing to work with MicroSys to bring unmatched edge processing solutions to a broad range of automotive and industrial automation applications.”

The new application-ready AI starter kit is provided with everything needed for evaluation and development, including a carrier board, cable set and cooling solution. Developers also have access to MicroSys’s comprehensive AI toolchain and developer tools offered in Hailo’s developer zone.

By Natasha Shek