Kontron taps Hailo for edge AI

Kontron taps Hailo for edge AI

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By Nick Flaherty

German board giant Kontron has signed a strategic technology partnership with Israeli chip startup Hail for its AI edge inference chip.

Kontron is using the Hailo-8 AI processor for edge AI devices, providing 26 TOPS of performance with a typical power consumption of less than 2.5W. This has enabled Kontron to use the Hail-8 chip alongside the NXP i.MX8m and Intel Whisky Lake processors for AI-edge platforms for a wide range of market segments such as Industry 4.0, smart cities and smart retail.

Along with preinstalled drivers and board support packages (BSP), the complete software toolchain is available under Hailo’s developer zone website for the Kontron pITX-iMX8M-AI-H8 ARM-based 2.5” SBC and the KBox A-150-WKL-AI-H8 x86-based board.

Kontron has been looking at various routes for AI in embedded and edge applications, including a version of the Raspberry Pi4. Hailo has been signing up partners for the chip ahead of a planned IPO. 

Hailo’s developer zone includes numerous pre-trained neural networks (“model zoo”), a bit–accurate simulator and performance tool,  the Hailo dataflow compiler, and the Hailo “TAPPAS” high performance application toolkit, enabling the highly efficient implementation of innovative AI solutions at reduced time-to-market and engineering costs.

“Our AI strategy at Kontron is to provide scalable, best-in-class IoT/IIoT solutions for a host of different applications and markets. Our strategic technology partnership with Hailo enables us to offer our customers a new level of AI-edge application-ready platforms. The partnership also includes the joint creation of new AI-ready board level products and custom solutions on a project basis” said Christoph Neumann, VP Technology of the Kontron group. “In addition, we offer extensive AI project services, including software application consulting and integration, as well as the training of neural networks via our own data scientists.”

“More and more enterprises require edge AI solutions that ensure their devices are more powerful, versatile, responsive and secure in order to keep up with the growing demand for technological innovation across industries,” said Liran Bar, VP Business Development of Hailo. “Our partnership with Kontron, an undisputed global leader in its field, bolsters our ability to address the growing demand for high-performance and scalable AI-edge application-ready platforms for a range of applications – from inspection systems to robotics to semi-autonomous driving and beyond. Our work with Kontron is taking us one step closer towards ushering in a new era of AI solutions at the edge.”;

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