64-Bit Open Hardware Single Board Computer For Embedded Applications

By Sharad Bhowmick

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BeagleBone AI-64 SBC board from the Beagle Bone org. is a 64-bit open hardware single board computer for embedded applications. The single board computer is powered by a Texas Instruments TDA4VM Soc with a dual Arm Cortex-A72 core. The BeagleBone® AI-64 SBC board features a programmable C7x DSP core, and deep learning, vision and multimedia accelerators, it offers various I/O interfaces which include USB-3 Type C, USB 3 Type-A, Mini DisplayPort interface, 2* 4-Lane CSI connector for camera options, 4-Lane DSI connector, etc. The single board computer with a powerful processor and multiple interfaces is suitable for use in a variety of applications which includes autonomous robots and drones, home security, media servers, machine learning; machine vision, computer vision, etc.

“We believe this board will capture the imaginations of designers and empower them to build complete and powerful AI systems,” said Christine Long, CEO of the BeagleBoard.org® Foundation. “At an extremely competitive price point, we are excited about the new applications that BeagleBone® AI-64 will enable for new and experienced users.”

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BeagleBone AI-64 SBC offers a massive amount of computing power, thanks to the TI TDA4VM Dual 64-bit Arm Cortex-A72, 2.0GHz processor, which features a C7x floating point, vector DSP, 80 GFLOPS, 256 GOPS, deep-learning MMA and up to 8 TOPS (8b) up to 1.0 GHz. It also comes with Vision Processing Accelerators (VPAC). The module offers 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 6GB eMMC flash with a high-speed interface and a MicroSD card slot. For connectivity, the BeagleBone AI-64 SBC offers multiple high-speed interfaces which include an M.2 E-key PCIe connector to interface with WiFi/Bluetooth adapters, a USB 3.0 Type-C SuperSpeed interface for power input and data, two USB 3.0 Type-A SuperSpeed interface and Gigabit Ethernet. The board also comes with the company’s cape header compatibility which will allow it to use the existing add-on boards and the ikroBUS Shuttle header provides access to hundreds of existing Click sensors and actuators.

Romain Soreau, Head of Single Board Computing, element14 said: “We are very pleased to announce our global in-stock availability of the new BeagleBone® AI-64 SBC board. Engineers and hobbyists alike can now eliminate barriers from prototype to production with this revolutionary board, which has been built on open-source Linux from BeagleBoard.org. BeagleBone® AI-64 board places a massive amount of computing power in the hands of developers in an easy-to-use, single-board computer.”


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