Dev Kit Weekly: ADLINK Vizi-AI Development Kit

September 3, 2020 Brandon Lewis


A month or so ago we reviewed the ADLINK I-Pi rapid industrial prototyping platform on Dev Kit Weekly, and, to be honest, it looked an awful lot like this. Same plastic and aluminum cage, same SMARC carrier and module form factor, same I/Os for the most part. Except there’s this fan down here that wasn’t on the I-Pi. Hmmm.

Well that fan is there because the Vizi-AI targets AI and computer vision workloads, and therefore hosts a whole lot more compute performance. Instead of an Arm-based Rockchip SoC, The SMARC module on the Vizi-AI hosts an Intel Atom x5-E3940 SoC as well as Intel® Movidius Myriad X VPUs designed to chew up and spit out deep learning workloads.

In support, the board features 4 GB of high-speed low-power DDR4 memory, with options up to 8 GB, to assist in the frequent memory accesses involved with AI inferencing.

But so what? You’re new to AI and just getting started. How could you possibly be far enough along to start running machine learning workloads on a target device?

Well, there are a couple of software components in the Vizi-AI kit that help with just that. The first is the Intel OpenVINO toolkit, a development suite that takes AI models trained in popular frameworks like Caffe, MXNET, and TensorFlow and optimizes the resulting algorithms for execution on Intel compute platforms. Yes, that includes both VPUs like the Myriad X and Atom CPUs, as well as FPGAs, graphics units, etc. if you choose to go with a different SMARC processor module but still need to do some deep learning.

But going even further, what happens once you’ve started inferencing? What if, for example, your Vizi-AI-based computer vision platform doesn’t recognize something while it’s inferencing out at the edge?

Well, here the kit has you covered too, courtesy other components in the ADLINK Edge Vision software stack. Besides the Model Manager, ADLINK Edge Vision contains a pre-packaged AIoT networking platform based on the DDS communications standard that pushes data to an open yet secure data river. 

To get your hands on one of these, just fork over $199 to Arrow and you’ll be inferencing in no time. Or, you could take a shot at being one of five lucky winners who will have one sent to them for free by your friends here at Embedded Computing Design. All you have to do is fill out the form below.

That’s all from me this week. If you want to find out more about the Vizi-AI, head on over to or visit the GOTO50.AI community website.

And, as always, tune in next week for another edition of Dev Kit Weekly.


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Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for guiding the property's content strategy, editorial direction, and engineering community engagement, which includes IoT Design, Automotive Embedded Systems, the Power Page, Industrial AI & Machine Learning, and other publications. As an experienced technical journalist, editor, and reporter with an aptitude for identifying key technologies, products, and market trends in the embedded technology sector, he enjoys covering topics that range from development kits and tools to cyber security and technology business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached by email at

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