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ADLINK SMARC module targets high performance robots and drones

ADLINK Technology, a specialist in edge computing, has released the LEC-RB5 SMARC module, the company's first SMARC AI-on-Module based on a Qualcomm Technologies processor.

The Qualcomm QRB5165 processor has been designed for robotics and drones applications and integrates several IoT technologies in a single solution.

The LEC-RB5 SMARC module provides on-device artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, support for up to 6 cameras, and low power consumption. It is also capable of powering robots and drones in consumer, enterprise, defence, industrial and logistics sectors.

“This high performing SMARC module is a good option for the next generation of high-compute, low power robots and drones,” said Henri Parmentier, Senior Product Manager, ADLINK. “It empowers customers to do everything they need for complex AI and deep learning workloads at the edge without relying on the cloud.”

For robotics and autonomous robot solution providers, the LEC-RB5 SMARC module provides the capability to build powerful robots for use in harsh industrial conditions and in temperatures that range from -30° to +85°C.

The LEC-RB5 SMARC module features:

● Qualcomm Kryo 585 CPU (8x Arm Cortex-A77 cores)
● Qualcomm Hexagon Tensor Accelerator (HTA) running up to 15 trillion operations per second (TOPS)
● Six cameras support: MIPI CSI cameras CSI0 (2 lanes) and CSI1 (4 lanes)
● Low power consumption: < 12W
● 82 x 50 mm small size form factor

The LEC-RB5 is part of ADLINK’s portfolio of SMARC form factors that support both ARM and x86 designs.

ADLINK said that it had worked closely with Qualcomm to design a smart, powerful solution for next generation IoT applications. The module provides enhancements for computer vision (CV) applications with reduced latencies for real time image processing decisions, freeing up capacity for other critical AI applications while delivering mobile-optimised CV experiences.

Hardware acceleration for advanced CV applications with on-device AI capable of running complex AI and deep learning workloads with low power makes the LEC-RB5 SMARC module advantageous for a wide variety of industrial and consumer applications.

Author
Neil Tyler

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