For a fast start to machine-learning projects such as industrial image recognition and autonomous driving, the AI_ML Board is built on the i.MX 8QuadXPlus application processor, which combines four Arm Cortex-A35 cores and one Cortex-M4F embedded core with floating-point and DSP extensions. A dedicated GPU featuring four Vec4 shaders with 16 execution units and OpenGL/OpenGL ES support augments the highly efficient application cores. In addition, there is a Video Processing Unit (VPU) capable of handling popular compression standards including H.264, H.265, AVS, and more. A Tensilica HiFi 4 DSP is also integrated on-chip for audio processing and voice recognition.
The i.MX 8M Quad processor is at the heart of Arrow’s Thor96 board teams four Arm Cortex-A53 cores with the Cortex-M4F. Richly featured for audio and video streaming, imaging, and scanning in consumer and industrial contexts, it contains a dedicated GPU with OpenGL/ES support and 3D graphics, and a VPU with H.265 and VP9 decode at up to 4K resolution and 60 fps. The i.MX 8M Quad also features a failover-ready display controller with hardware acceleration for up to 4Kp60 video playback. The boards support Yocto-based Linux 4.14 GA kernel with advanced processing power, WLAN, Bluetooth, HDMI, USB3.0 and Ethernet. The consumer and building-automation-oriented Thor96 also supports ZigBee, Thread, DSI to HDMI, and two MIPI-CSI camera interfaces.
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