Get Your AI Design to Market Quickly With Arduino Form-Factor Dev Kit

March 5, 2019 Rich Nass

You probably know by now that I’m a big proponent of dev kits, eval kits, or whatever you call them. At Embedded World last week, QuickLogic was showing off its Merced HDK, which is essentially an evaluation platform for the company’s EOS S3AI SoC. The IC is aimed at artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) applications. The single-chip EOS S3AI works with QuickLogic’s SensiML Analytics Toolkit to efficiently identify which algorithms are best for the application, then generates the appropriate AI models.

The Merced HDK comes with time-series sensors, including accelerometer/gyroscope/magnetometer motion sensors and two digital microphones. Data can be stored locally using a μSD card or transmitted over BLE. The kit is designed to an Arduino form factor, making it something that developers are likely already familiar and comfortable with. A demo application is included that lets the user get started pretty quickly, and a bundled boot-from-flash feature lets users evaluate the company’s QuickAI applications.

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Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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