Akida Development Kits For Raspberry Pi And Shuttle PC

Akida Development Kits For Raspberry Pi And Shuttle PC

Brainchip has announced the release of two development kits for its Akida AKD1000 neuromorphic processor to further help hobbyists, tinkerers and developers create ultra-low-power applications. This new launch intends to meet the need of developers who wish to run its AKD1000 silicon chip with configurable IP format with a Raspberry Pi or a Shuttle PC.

The AKD1000 silicon is designed to offer high performance for high-end (spiking) neural networks, and edge AI solutions while consuming power only when the spikes are actively processed and decoded. The AKD1000 also provides high security and low power consumption with the ability to undergo onboard AI training and learning without the need for retraining in the cloud.

According to a released statement by Anil Mankar, Brainchip Co-founder and Chief Development Officer of the launch, the new development kits are major steps by Brainchip towards full commercialization of its device. They are equally avenues to see how its present customers and future customers will utilize Akida in applications like industrial applications, consumer electronics, aerospace and defence systems, automotive technology, and healthcare and medical devices. The two development kits are Raspberry Pi-based and Shuttle PC-based. The first is built based on Raspberry’s Pi compute Module 4 open-hardware I/O carrier board while the latter is designed for compatibility with shuttle PC with 10th – gen Intel Core i9/i7/i5/I3, Pentium, Gold and Celeron processors.

Key Specifications of the two Dev Kits Include:

Akida Development Kit – Raspberry Pi:

  • SoC: Broadcom BCM2711C0 quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 (ARMv8-A) 64-bit @ 1.5GHz
  • GPU: Broadcom VideoCore VI
  • 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
  • Optional 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet PHY
  • GPIO: Carrier board dependent
  • PCI Express, 2× DSI, 2× CSI, 2× HDMI
  • External (CM4 Lite), on-board 8GB/16GB/32GB eMMC (CM4)
  • Hirose U.FL antenna connector, 2× 100-pin high-density connectors
  • 20.06cm x 10.5cm x 3.7cm (exc. carrier board)
  • Optional Bluetooth 5.0 and BLE
  • Additional: Includes Akida on Mini PCIe Board installed in the development kit, Meta TF Software Development Environment, Includes User Guide and examples of Akida Models

Akida Development Kit – Shuttle Pc:

  • Power Supply: External 180 W / 19.5 V power adapter
  • OS: Supports Windows 10 and Linux (64-bit)
  • Processor Support: Socket LGA1200 supports 10th-gen Intel Core i9/i7/i5/i3, Pentium Gold, and Celeron processors, codenamed “Comet Lake-S”, max. 65W TDP
  • Heatpipe cooling system with two fans
  • 1x 2.5″ bay for SATA hard disk or SSD, max. 9.5 mm
  • 1x M.2-2280M slot (supports PCIe x4 NVMe or SATA)
  • 1x M.2-2230AE for an optional WLAN card
  • 1x PCI Express X16 v3.0 slot
  • Supports single-slot expansion cards with max. 208 x 120 x 30 mm in size and max. 75 W TDP
  • Onboard 5V auxiliary voltage (max. 2 A) with 4-pin Molex adapter cable
  • HDMI 2.0a, D-Sub VGA, 4x USB 3.2 Gen1, 4x USB 2.0, 1x USB 2.0 internal USB stick, 2x audio (line out, mic), Intel Gigabit LAN (RJ45), Connector for the external power button, “Always-On” jumper, DC input
  • Optional Accessories: WLAN Module (WLN-M), Vertical Stand (PS01), RS232 COM port (H-RS232), Cable for external power button (CXP01)
  •  Chipset:
    • Intel H410 Chipset
    • Includes Akida on Mini PCIe Board installed in the development kit
    • Includes Meta TF Software Development Environment
    • Includes User Guide and examples of Akida Models

You’ll get the Raspberry Pi-based kit at $4,995 but the Shuttle PC-based kit sells for $9,995 on the company’s products page. They however have not given any date for shipping yet.

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Hardware Design Engineer | #IoT Consultant |All things #ML | Entrepreneur | Serial Writer | Passionate about Innovation and technology as tools for solving problems in developing countries. Spare time is spent around writing and advocacy for the growth of the Maker/DIY Culture in Africa.

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