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 is a global technology leader with over 80 years in the high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, production, maintenance and repair. Farnell uses this experience to support its broad customer base, from hobbyists to engineers, maintenance engineers and buyers as ‘The Development Distributor’, working with leading brands and start-ups to develop new products for market, and supporting the industry as it seeks to develop the current and next generation of engineers.

Farnell trades as Farnell in Europe, Newark in North America, and element14 throughout Asia Pacific. Farnell's global businesses are supported by a global supply chain of more than 3,500 suppliers and has an extensive inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet the needs of innovative customers everywhere. Farnell also sells direct to consumers through a network of resellers, and its CPC business in the UK.

Farnell is a business unit of Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT). Avnet is a global technology solutions provider with an extensive ecosystem that delivers design, product, marketing and supply chain expertise for customers at every stage of the lifecycle.

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