Kontron AI platform based on NXP i.MX8 M & Google Coral Edge TPU allows easy integration of all Google TensorFlow-Lite applications for Artificial Intelligence. The applications of TensorFlow Lite and pre-trained models can be downloaded for free of cost. It also comes with the feature of quick simple development of neural networks with machine learning and deep learning applications and thus has an optimized TTM (Time To Market).
The Google Coral Edge TPU (Tensor Processing Unit) enhances the AI platform, performing 4 TOPS (Trillion Operations Per Second) for high-speed image and video data processing. This enables the development of industrial AI applications such as object recognition and classification and other image processing-based applications.
Compared to an application with simple USB-cameras without TPU at approx. 6 frames/s, the TPU accelerates to a speed of 30 frames/s, therefore five times faster.
The software is an open-source custom Linux-based system with Yocto based Linux image in eMMC Kernel 4.18. Kontron AI platform is compatible with the TensorFlow Lite framework with Python and C++ as the primary programming languages. Models of the framework feature compactness for more efficiency, through quantization. This converts 32-bit parameter data into 8-bit representations which are suitable for TPU. This enables Edge Computing for low latency and improves the performance significantly.