Google is going to launch a new set of Coral Accelerator Hardware for the AI at the edge applications. Both are using Edge TPU Co-processor technology from Google.
Coral Accelerator module is chip scale miniature 15×10 mm SMT module with PCIe/USB 2.0 interface. On the other hand, the Dev Board mini is a full fledged Single board computer having MediaTek Quad core Processor with 8GB eMMC, 2GB RAM and other peripherals.
Coral technology provides a complete platform for accelerating neural networks on embedded devices. At the heart of our accelerators is the Edge TPU co-processor. It’s a small-yet-mighty, low-power ASIC that provides high performance neutral net inference.
The onboard TPU Co-processor is capable of 4 trillion operations per second (TOPS), using 0.5 watts for each TOPS (2 TOPS per watt). For example, it can execute state-of-the-art mobile vision models such as MobileNet v2 at 400 FPS, in a very power efficient manner.
Coral Accelerator Module Spec
|Dimensions||15.0 x 10.0 x 1.5 mm|
|Chipset||Google Edge TPU and PMIC|
|Mounting type||SMT, 120-pin LGA|
|Serial interface||PCIe Gen 2; or USB 2.0|
|Control interface||I2C (optional)|
Dev Board Mini Features
|CPU||MediaTek 8167s SoC (Quad-core Arm Cortex-A35)|
|GPU||IMG PowerVR GE8300 (integrated in SoC)|
|ML accelerator||Google Edge TPU coprocessor|
|RAM||2 GB DDR3L|
|Flash memory||8 GB eMMC|
|Wireless||Wi-Fi 5 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); Bluetooth 5.0|
|Audio/video||3.5mm audio jack; digital PDM microphone; 2.54mm 2-pin speaker terminal; micro HDMI (1.4); 24-pin FFC connector for MIPI-CSI2 camera (4-lane); 39-pin FFC connector for MIPI-DSI display (4-lane)|
|Input/output||40-pin GPIO header; 2x USB Type-C (USB 2.0)|
Developers need not to build models from the ground up. TensorFlow Lite models can be compiled to run on the Edge TPU.
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You can learn more about other AI Hardware available in the market in the article I have written some time ago.