Newark Launches BeagleBone AI

October 7, 2019 Newark

Newark, the Development Distributor, is now shipping the new BeagleBone® AI single board computer. Designed to provide a fast track solution for embedded machine learning, the BeagleBone® AI facilitates everyday automation for industrial, commercial and home applications including computer vision and image processing.

BeagleBone® AI makes it easy to explore how artificial intelligence can be used in everyday life and developers can be up and running in five minutes. Specifically designed for AI projects, the new board features a neural engine which processes complex algorithms at a hardware level. BeagleBone builds on users' familiarity with earlier versions as this new model possesses the same form factor as other BeagleBone® SBCs.

As AI becomes more pervasive and integrated, there is a growing need for more design expertise and experience. Newark is enabling engineers, developers and firms to unlock the power of AI and overcome the obstacles of complexity, cost, computing power and skills gap through support services such as the element14 Community and a product offering that ensures low-cost, high-power designs for engineers wanting to embark on AI design. In addition, tools such as Newark's online AI configurator assist designers with selecting the best-fit board for their project, any required accessories and useful relevant resources such as webinars.

The BeagleBone® AI is built on the proven BeagleBoard.org® open source Linux approach, filling the gap between small SBCs and more powerful industrial computers. The device comes supplied with a heat sink and antenna and doesn't need an additional microSD card. The BeagleBone® AI features include:

• BeagleBone Black mechanical and header compatibility;

• USB-C connectors for power and superspeed dual-role controller;

• USB-A host;

• Gigabit Ethernet;

• 2.4/5GHz WiFi;

• Bluetooth microHDMI connector;

• 16-bit LCD interfaces;

• Comprehensive connectivity and out-of-box functionality.

Hari Kalyanaraman, Global Head of Single Board Computers for Newark said: "Artificial intelligence is making the connected world more intelligent and the BeagleBone® AI offers developers a host of new design options on a simple-to-use platform. Recent research has suggested that global business value derived from AI will reach $3.9 trillion by 2022 and Newark's AI offering places us and our customers firmly at the center of this new industrial revolution."

BeagleBone® AI and accessories are available from Newark in North America, Farnell in EMEA and element14 in APAC.

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