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New ADLINK SMARC Module Aimed at Robots, Low-Powered Drones

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December 1, 2021

ADLINK Technology, which develops edge computing and artificial intelligence hardware and software, has announced a new high-performance module that allows on-device AI and 5G connectivity capabilities for consumer, enterprise, and industrial robots. The LEC-RB5 SMARC module is the first SMARC AI-on-module based on the Qualcomm QRB5165 processor.

Designed for robotics and drone applications, the module integrates several IoT technologies in a single solution, including on-device artificial intelligence capabilities, support for up to six cameras, and low power consumption. The module can power robots and drones in consumer, enterprise, defense, industrial and logistics sectors, ADLINK said.

“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 at ADLINK. “It empowers customers to do everything they need for complex AI and deep learning workloads at the edge without relying on the cloud.”

“Qualcomm Technologies’ portfolio of leading robotics and drones solutions is driving next-generation use cases including autonomous deliveries, mission-critical use cases, commercial and enterprise drone applications and more,” said Dev Singh, senior director of business development and general manager of robotics at Qualcomm Technologies. “The ADLINK LEC-Rb5 SMARC module will support the proliferation of 5G in robotics and intelligent systems.”

For companies developing robotics and autonomous robot solutions, the LEC-RB5 SMARC module provides the capability to build robots for use in harsh industrial conditions, and in temperatures that range from -30 degrees Celsius to 85 degrees Celsius. Additional features of the module include:

  • 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 supported: MIPI CSI cameras CSI0 (2 lanes) and CSI1 (4 lanes)
  • Low power consumption of less than 12W
  • Small form factor (82 mm by 50 mm)

The LEC-RB5 is part of ADLINK’s portfolio of SMARC form factors, which support both ARM and x86 designs, the company said. The module also provides enhancements for computer vision applications with reduced latencies for real-time image processing decisions, freeing up capacity for other critical AI applications while also delivering mobile-optimized computer vision experiences. Hardware acceleration with on-device AI capable of running complex AI and deep learning workloads with low power gives the module an advantage for several industrial and consumer applications, the company said.

Additional details, specifications and whitepapers around the new module can be accessed here.

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