Innodisk has announced an embedded development board aimed at the embedded computer vision market, packing an AMD Xilinx Kria K26 field-programmable gate-array (FPGA) system-on-module (SOM) and offering four USB 3.1 Gen 1. ports plus two M .2 slots for expansion.
Designed primarily with industrial use in mind — Innodisk’s announcement focuses heavily on machine vision for automated defect inspection in manufacturing facilities — the compact computer uses an AMD Xilinx Kria K26 module, giving it four Arm Cortex-A53 processor cores, 250k logic cells, and H .264 and H.265 encoding and decoding hardware accelerators.
Elsewhere on the board, which was brought to our attention by CNX Software, is a single HDMI 1.4 video outputs, four USB 3.1 Gen. 1 Type-A ports, an M.2 2230 E-key slot with one lane of PCI Express Gen. 2 and USB 2.0, an M.2 2242 M-key socket with four lanes of PCI Express Gen. 3, a gigabit Ethernet port, and microSD storage slot.
Innodisk has launched a powerful AMD Xilinx-based FPGA dev board for machine vision work, the EXMU-X261. (📷: Innodisk)
What there isn’t, interestingly, is any dedicated camera connector such as MIPI DSI. Instead, Innodesk is expecting users to connect cameras to the board’s USB ports — an unsurprising decision, given the company’s launch of USB cameras for machine vision work back in October. The board also includes a 15-pin terminal block offering five general-purpose input/output (GPIO) pins, a single UART bus, two CAN buses, and one I2C bus.
Accepting a 9-15V DC power input, Innodisk claims the board — dubbed the EXMU-X261 — draws around 12W at load, though this will depend on connected peripherals and how many FPGA resources are in use, with a teased housing design showcasing a large aluminum heat sink for passive cooling. The company also promises full support in its AI Suite software development kit (SDK), complete with a model zoo for the FPGA and a remote management offering.
More information on the board is available on the Innodisk websitethough the company has not yet announced general availability and pricing.