Revolutionizing AI Development With Open-Source SBC

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The board is equipped to handle complex AI tasks such as image classification, object detection, and semantic segmentation.

BeagleY-AI is an open-source single-board computer (SBC) developed by BeagleBoard.org, designed to revolutionise the creation of AI applications. In line with its commitment to fostering the growth of the open-source hardware ecosystem, BeagleBoard.org has introduced six new boards over the past two years, aiming to make IoT and AI technologies more accessible. It is engineered to optimize AI performance across various sectors, including robotics, factory and building automation, test and measurement, medical technology, human-machine interfaces (HMIs), and intelligent vision. 

The board has a robust 64-bit, quad-core A53 processor, multiple AI accelerators alongside C7x DSPs, a 50 GFLOP GPU supporting up to three concurrent display outputs, and modern connectivity options including USB3.1, PCIe Gen 3, WiFi6, and BLE 5.4. It is also compatible with a wide array of existing accessories, such as Power Over Ethernet (PoE), NVMe storage, and 5G connectivity.

Key features of the board include:

  • Texas Instruments AM67A SoC with a quad-core 64-bit Arm Cortex-A53 CPU, dual general-purpose DSP, Arm Cortex-R5 subsystem, GPU, video, and vision accelerators.
  • 4GB LPDDR4 memory, microSD card socket, and board identifier EEPROM.
  • There is support for three simultaneous displays: microHDMI, OLDI (LVDS) with touchscreen support, and MIPI-DSI with touchscreen support (mixed with MIPI-CSI).
  • Debugging options: 3-pin JST-SH console UART and 10-pin TAG-CONNECT JTAG header.
  • Rich I/Os including PCI-Express® Gen3, USB-C device port, and a 40-pin expansion header.

Christine Long, CEO of BeagleBoard.org, expressed her enthusiasm: “The launch of BeagleY®-AI as an open-source board is a thrilling advancement in our mission to expand the open-source hardware ecosystem. This platform not only fosters collaboration and learning but also empowers individuals and professionals to develop open designs and contribute to the broader community.” Romain Soreau, Head of Single Board Computing at element14, stated, “This is a significant development for all developers. BeagleY®-AI offers an affordable and user-friendly platform, providing a seamless development experience with BeagleBoard’s proven custom Debian Linux image.” The board is available for pre-order online through Farnell in EMEA, Element 14 in APAC, and Newark in North America, with shipping set to commence at the end of May.

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