September 30, 2021

Microsys400x275MicroSys Electronics has announced a partnership with artificial intelligence chipmaker Hailo to launch its miriac AIP-LX2160A embedded platform, which can host up to five integrated Hailo-8 AI accelerator modules. The new edge server-grade AI solution enables high-performance and scalable AI inference capabilities at the edge. The platform offers a high bandwidth and power-efficient solution at the edge, benefiting several applications in Industry 4.0, automotive, and heavy machinery, among others.

Powered by the NXP QorIQ Layerscape LX2160A high-throughput processor, the miriac AIP-LX2160A can integrate multiple advanced Hailo-8 AI accelerators, offering best-in-class processing performance and deep learning capabilities of up to 130 tera-operations per second (TOPS). The combined solution delivers AI computing performance across multiple standard NN benchmarks, including over 6,000 frames per second (FPS) on Resnet-50, over 5,000 FPS on Mobilenet-V1 SSD, and close to 1,000 FPS on YOLOv5m.

“Our strategic partnership with Hailo is an important milestone, helping our customers reap the enormous benefits of AI and neural networks,” said Ina Sophia Schindler, managing director at MicroSys Electronics. “Hailo’s AI processor allows edge devices to run full-scale deep learning applications more efficiently, effectively, and sustainably while significantly lowering costs. In combination with our NXP processor-based platforms, our customers get one of the most powerful AI solutions that can be developed for edge applications.”

Hailo said typical markets for this type of application-ready bundle include low-power Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 edge servers for predictive maintenance, collaborative robotics, video surveillance servers in infrastructures with distributed cameras, communication servers for autonomous vehicles in logistics and agriculture, and heavy equipment for construction. This could also be utilized as edge servers in trains where multiple Gigabit Ethernet Vision camera streams are analyzed with AI for increased safety and security.

“We are excited to partner with MicroSys, a world-leader in embedded systems,” said Orr Danon, CEO and co-founder of Hailo. “This collaboration strengthens our position in the edge computing sector, enabling us to further address the rapidly growing market seeking embedded edge platforms with robust AI capabilities. “We look forward to continuing to work with MicroSys to bring unmatched edge processing solutions to a broad range of automotive and industrial automation applications.”

The new application-ready AI starter kit comes with everything necessary for evaluation and development, including a carrier board, cable set and cooling solution. Developers cna also access MicroSys’ AI toolchain and developer tools offered in Hailo’s developer zone. For more details, visit the product page here.