November 16, 2021
Kontron, which develops IoT/embedded computing technology (ECT), has announced a strategic partnership with AI chipmaker Hailo to develop next-generation AI edge inference solutions. The Hailo-8 AI processor, which performs up to 26 tera-operations per second (TOPS) at a typical power consumption of less than 2.5 watts, enables edge devices to run at performance levels previously only possible in the cloud. The new collaboration will offer customers a new level of high-performance, scalable AI-edge application-ready platforms for several market segments, including Industry 4.0, smart cities, and smart retail.
Kontron’s pITX-iMX8M-AI-H8 Arm-based 2.5-inch SBC and the KBox A-150-WKL-AI-H8 x86-based featuring a range of Intel Core i processors (8365UE, formerly Whiskey Lake) for x86-based applications are compact, energy-efficient, fanless high-performance edge compute platforms that can integrate with the Hailo-8 AI-accelerator, Kontron said. Along with preinstalled drivers and BSP, the complete software toolchain is available at Hailo’s developer zone website. This includes several pre-trained neural networks, a bit-accurate simulator and performance tool, the Hailo dataflow compiler, and the Hailo “TAPPAS” high-performance application tool kit, which enables 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,” said Christoph Neumann, vice president of technology at the Kontron group. “Our strategic partnership with Hailo enables us to offer our customers a new level of AI-edge application-ready platforms. 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.”
The KBox A-150-WKL-AI-H8 can be integrated with the Hailo-8 AI-accelerator.
“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, vice president of business development at Hailo. “Our partnership with Kontron, an undisputed global leader in its field, 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.”
Hailo said it will present a live AI demo as a co-exhibitor at the SPS 2021 exhibition from Nov. 23-25, at the Kontron booth in hall 7, booth 193.