Kontron partners with Hailo to launch edge AI inference solutions

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Kontron, a provider of IoT/Embedded Computing Technology, has announced a strategic technology partnership with AI (Artificial Intelligence) chipmaker Hailo to offer next generation AI edge inference solutions.

Using the advanced Hailo-8 AI processor, performing at 26 tera-operations per second (TOPS) at a typical power consumption of less than 2.5W, means that edge devices will be able to run at performance levels previously only possible in the cloud. The strategic collaboration will offer customers a new level of high-performance, scalable AI-edge application-ready platforms for a wide range of market segments such as Industry 4.0, smart cities, and smart retail.

Kontron's pITX-iMX8M-AI-H8 Arm-based 2.5” SBC and the KBox A-150-WKL-AI-H8 X86-based Box PC high-performance edge compute platforms will now integrate the Hailo-8 AI-accelerator to create AI-edge application ready platforms.

Along with preinstalled drivers and BSP, a complete software toolchain is available under Hailo’s developer zone website. This includes pre-trained neural networks (“model zoo”), a bit–accurate simulator and performance tool, the Hailo dataflow compiler, and the Hailo 'Tappas' high performance application toolkit, enabling the highly efficient implementation of AI solutions at reduced time-to-market and engineering costs.

“Our AI strategy at Kontron is to provide scalable, best-in-class IoT/IIoT solutions for a host of different applications and markets. Our strategic technology partnership with Hailo enables us to offer our customers a new level of AI-edge application-ready platforms. The partnership also includes the joint creation of new AI-ready board level products and custom solutions on a project basis” says Christoph Neumann, VP Technology of the Kontron group. “In addition, we offer extensive AI project services, including software application consulting and integration, as well as the training of neural networks via our own data scientists.”

“More and more enterprises require edge AI solutions that ensure their devices are more powerful, versatile, responsive and secure in order to keep up with the growing demand for technological innovation across industries,” said Liran Bar, VP Business Development of Hailo. “Our partnership with Kontron bolsters our ability to address the growing demand for high-performance and scalable AI-edge application-ready platforms for a range of applications – from inspection systems to robotics to semi-autonomous driving and beyond. Our work with Kontron is taking us one step closer towards ushering in a new era of AI solutions at the edge.”