Arrow Electronics and Qualcomm Technologies International have expanded their strategic collaboration. The establishment of Edge Labs — an Arrow Center of Excellence (CoE) — will help customers accelerate the development of connected intelligent edge AI devices based on products from Qualcomm Technologies.
Edge and AI development is becoming increasingly challenging to customers due to several factors such as lack of prior experience, limited access to high-performance edge and AI chipsets, supply chain complexity and fledgling ecosystem. Edge Labs aims to help innovators navigate these challenges while increasing the adoption of Edge AI using products from Qualcomm Technologies across security, safety, healthcare, robotics, cameras, displays, optical inspection and other IoT applications.
Edge Labs will have a dedicated architect and engineering team to develop application-specific solutions, including training sales and field application engineers specifically on Qualcomm Technologies’ products. It will also offer design services to enable lower risk and faster time to market for customers through eInfochips, an Arrow company.
“We are expanding our collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies and establishing Edge Labs, an Arrow center of excellence,” said Kirk Schell, president of Arrow’s global components business. “Combining Arrow’s strength in engineering and supply chain with Qualcomm Technologies’ innovative products will help customers accelerate their design and speed to market in robotic, edge appliance and machine vision applications.”
Customers can rely on Edge Labs to deliver innovative and leading-edge products, accelerate and de-risk design cycles, leverage the Aikri™ portfolio of SOMs and development kits, and get access to a world-class support team enabling them to plan and manage their product roadmap and lifecycles.
“Edge AI is the next big engineering frontier and we are expanding our strategic collaboration with Arrow Electronics to strengthen the development and proliferation of IoT technologies and serve a more diverse and global customer base,” said Dev Singh, vice president, business development, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Edge Labs COE customers will have the ability to unlock new and unique edge AI use cases thanks to Qualcomm Technologies’ leading-edge platforms and unified SW stack.”
The first development kit from eInfochips as part of the Edge Labs initiative, “Aikri 42x”, based on the Qualcomm QRB4210 SoC, has just been launched.