Farnell Launches BeagleBone® AI

The Fast Track for Embedded Machine Learning further strengthens Farnell’s extensive AI offering


Farnell, the Development Distributor, is now shipping the new BeagleBone® AI single board computer. Designed to provide a fast track solution for embedded machine learning, the BeagleBone® AI facilitates everyday automation for industrial, commercial and home applications including computer vision and image processing.

BeagleBone® AI makes it easy to explore how artificial intelligence can be used in everyday life and developers can be up and running in five minutes. Specifically designed for AI projects, the new board features a neural engine which processes complex algorithms at a hardware level. BeagleBone builds on users’ familiarity with earlier versions as this new model possesses the same form factor as other BeagleBone® SBCs.

As AI becomes more pervasive and integrated, there is a growing need for more design expertise and experience. Farnell is enabling engineers, developers and firms to unlock the power of AI and overcome the obstacles of complexity, cost, computing power and skills gap through support services such as the element14 Community and a product offering that ensures low-cost, high-power designs for engineers wanting to embark on AI design. As well as this, tools such as Farnell’s online AI configurator assist designers to select the best-fit board for their project, any required accessories and useful relevant resources such as webinars.

The BeagleBone® AI is built on the proven BeagleBoard.org® open source Linux approach, filling the gap between small SBCs and more powerful industrial computers. The device comessupplied with a heat sink and antenna and doesn’t need an additional microSD card. The BeagleBone® AI features include:

  • BeagleBone Black mechanical and header compatibility;
  • USB-C connectors for power and superspeed dual-role controller;
  • USB-A host;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • 2.4/5GHz WiFi;
  • Bluetooth microHDMI connector;
  • 16-bit LCD interfaces;
  • Comprehensive connectivity and out-of-box functionality.

Hari Kalyanaraman, Global Head of Single Board Computers for Farnell says: “Artificial intelligence is making the connected world more intelligent and the BeagleBone® AI offers developers a host of new design options on a simple-to-use platform. Recent research has suggested that global business value derived from AI will reach $3.9 trillion by 2022 and Farnell’s AI offering places us and our customers firmly at the centre of this new industrial revolution.”

BeagleBone® AI and accessories are available from Farnell in EMEA, Newark in North America and element14 in APAC.


About us

Farnell Global is a fast and reliable distributor of products and technology for electronic and industrial system design, maintenance and repair.  From research and design through prototype to production, Farnell helps its customers access the products and services they need 24/7.  With more than 80 years of experience, 47 localised websites, and a dedicated team of over 3,500 employees, Farnell provides every component its customers need to build the technology of tomorrow.

Farnell Global trades as Farnell in Europe, Newark in North America, and element14 in Asia Pacific.  It also sells direct to consumers through its CPC business in the UK.

Farnell Global has been part of the established global technology distributor, Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT), since 2016. Today, this relationship allows the company to support its customers at every stage of the product life cycle, offering a truly unique distribution model, as well as expertise in end-to-end delivery and product design.

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