AI-focused alliance kicks off at Computex 2019 with the launch of ASUS Tinker Edge T and the CR1S-CM-A industrial SBC featuring Google’s Coral SOM with Edge TPU
ASUS today announced a partnership between its new AIoT business unit and Google Coral, the first step in a partnership between the two teams built around creating on-device AI solutions tailored for consumer and business needs.
Coral is a platform of hardware components, software tools, and content for building devices with local AI. Coral is designed to make it easier to bring on-device AI application ideas from prototype to production. The first Coral products are built around Google’s Edge TPU, a small application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) that provides high-performance machine learning (ML) inferencing for low-power devices. ASUS has developed two new products — Tinker Edge T and the CR1S-CM-A industrial single board computer (SBC) — harnessing the power of the Coral’s SOM with Edge TPU that it will showcase at Computex 2019. Tinker Edge T is an AI development kit designed for makers and students that enables building AI-powered projects, such as smart-home devices, cameras, game emulators and media servers. The CR1S-CM-A industrial SBC is an embedded form factor baseboard build around the Coral SOM with Edge TPU, designed for vertical use to provide AI-powered business intelligence, kiosk, signage and security solutions.
ASUS and Google are also working together to integrate Coral into additional ASUS products planned to be announced later in 2019.
Tinker Edge T is an AI development kit built on the Coral platform and is designed for makers and students, enabling them to build AI-powered projects, such as smart-home devices, cameras, game emulators and media servers. It features two MIPI Camera Serial Interface 2 (MIPI CSI-2) connectors for developing stereoscopic applications, convenient external power and reset buttons, and three programmable LEDs. An optional I/O extension module and cable provide extra audio functionality and the ability to connect with third-party peripherals.
The ASUS CR1S-CM-A industrial SBC is an embedded form factor baseboard for the Coral SOM with Edge TPU designed for vertical use, enabling development of high-performance, low-power AI solutions for business intelligence, kiosks, signage, security and more. It features dual-display support for console and signage applications, on-board M.2 expansion slot, gigabit Ethernet with power-sourcing equipment (PSE) for devices such as power over Ethernet (PoE) IP cameras and multiple digital I/O (DIO) connectors with isolation for sensing and reacting to real-world events.