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    What is the BeagleBone® AI?

    BeagleBone® AI, a new addition to the BeagleBoard.org® BeagleBone® family, is a high-end Single Board Computer aimed at developers interested in implementing machine-learning and computer vision with simplicity. BeagleBone® AI simplify the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in daily application via the TI C66x digital-signal-processor (DSP) cores, two dual-core ARM Cortex-M4 co-processors for real-time control, two dual-core Programmable Real-Time Unit (PRU) subsystems and four Embedded Vision Engines(EVEs) supported through an optimized TIDL machine learning OpenCL API with pre-installed tools. The BeagleBone® AI also has an additional dual-core PowerVR SGX544 3D GPU and a Vivante GC320 2D graphics accelerator. Focused on everyday automation in industrial, commercial and home applications.

    BeagleBone® AI comes in a similar form-fact as BeagleBone® Black and compatible with many BeagleBone® Cape add-on boards make it easy to extend the functionality.

     

     

    Processors and RAM

    • Dual 1.5GHz ARM® Cortex®-A15 with out-of-order speculative issue 3-way superscalar execution pipeline for the fastest execution of existing 32-bit code
    • 2 C66x Floating-Point VLIW DSP supported by OpenCL
    • 4 Embedded Vision Engines (EVEs) supported by TIDL machine learning library
    • 2x Dual-Core Programmable Real-Time Unit (PRU) subsystems (4 PRUs total) for ultra low-latency control and software generated peripherals
    • Memory: 1GB RAM and 16GB on-board eMMC Flash

     

    Connectivity

    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • 802.11ac 2.4/5GHz WiFi via the AzureWave AW-CM256SM
    • Bluetooth 4.2 and Bluetooth Low Energy via the AzureWave AW-CM256SM
    • USB Type-C for power and superspeed dual-role controller
    • USB type-A host

     

    Audio and Video

    • IVA-HD subsystem with support for 4K @ 15fps H.264 encode/decode and other codecs @ 1080p60
    • Vivante® GC320 2D graphics accelerator
    • Dual-Core PowerVR® SGX544™ 3D GPU

     

    Additional Features and Connectivity

    • 2x46 expansion headers compatible with many BeagleBone® cape add-on boards
      • 16-bit LCD interfaces
      • 4+ UARTs
      • 2x I2C ports
      • 2x SPI ports
      • Lots of PRU I/O pins
    • Zero-download out of box software environment
    • Self-hosted web IDE with local compilers, libraries and examples
    • Debian distribution (initially version 9.9, 10.0 available)
    • Linux kernel support (initially 4.14, with 4.19 and 5.2 available)
    • Connectivity via USB gadget (network/serial), WiFi access point and station, Ethernet, and serial debug header

     

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