AAEON’s AI Core is the first mini-PCIe module with Intel Movidius


Intel has recently announced its “Intel AI: In Production” program that should make it easier for developers to bring their AI prototypes to the market and AAEON’s UP Bridge the Gap AI Core is the first mini-PCIe module based on an Intel Movidius Myriad 2 VPU.

AAEON’s Up Bridge the Gap already made some interesting industrial and embedded computing platforms, including a couple of boards, as well as Intel Galileo, Intel Joule and Intel Edison platforms, so it does not come as a surprise that Up Bridge the Gap is the first partner to come up with mPCIe artificial intelligence and machine learning expansion card, the AI Core.

As noted, the AI Core is a mini-PCIe form factor module powered by Intel Movidius Myriad 2 VPU and aimed to enhance all industrial IoT Edge devices with hardware accelerated deep learning as well as enhanced machine vision functionality. It features 512MB of onboard memory and is a part of the new AI platform, called the UP AI Edge, which was unveiled at the Embedded World 2018.

The UP AI Edge platform and includes UP Core Plus, a credit card sized board powered by Intel’s 6th generation Atom processors (X5/X7), AI Plus, an expansion board powered by Intel Cyclone 10gx FPGA and the aforementioned AI Core.

“Intel Movidius Myriad 2 technology makes AI Core one of the most powerful and versatile AI hardware accelerators for Edge computing,” says Fabrizio Del Maffeo, AAEON Vice President, Managing Director of AAEON Technology Europe and Founder of UP Bridge the Gap. “AI CORE bridges the gap between the lab and volume production giving the chance to all the innovators who adopted Intel Neural Compute Stick to roll out a field deployment”.

While mostly aimed to be used with UP Squared and the new UP Core Plus, it is also compatible with most industrial computer boards due to its standard mini-PCIe interface. It is also fully compatible with Intel’s Neural Computing Stick software development kit.

We already wrote a bit about Intel’s Movidius Neural Compute Stick and you can check out more details about the UP AI Core over at its dedicated website, where it can be also pre-ordered with a price set at US $69, with shipping expected in April.

The AI Core from AAEON’s UP Bridge the Gap is a mini-PCIe module that features a Myriad 2 VPU designed to work with a wide range of x86 host platforms. It is shown with the Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick. (Credit: Intel Corporation)