ADLINK Launches Edge AI SMARC-Standard Computer-on-Module Built Around MediaTek's Genio 1200

Designed for high-performance compute at the edge, ADLINK's latest SMARC board slots straight into its Raspberry Pi-inspired I-Pi carrier.

Edge computing specialist ADLINK has announced a new computer-on-module, designed around the SMARC 2.1 specification and packing a MediaTek Genio 1200 processor for edge AI applications: the ADLINK SMARC COM.

"With a powerful 8-core CPU and integrating GPU plus APU, the module showcases a computing prowess previously only seen in x86 platforms, and at half the power envelope," boasts ADLINK's Henri Parmentier of his company's latest launch. "It enables our clients to bring advanced intelligent systems that can not only handle extreme workloads but also reduce energy costs and leverage for an improved carbon footprint."

The heart of the COM is the Genio 1200, the first and most powerful chip in MediaTek's Genio family. Unveiled just last month, the Genio 1200 includes a MT8395 processor with four high-performance Arm Cortex-A78 and four low-power Cortex-A55 cores, a dual-core AI processing unit (APU) coprocessor with up to five TOPS of compute performance, a five-core Arm Mali-G57 MC5 graphics processor, a HiFi 4 digital signal processor (DSP), and a video processor with 4k60 encode and decode capabilities.

To this, ADLINK has added up to 8GB of LPDDR4X memory, up to 256GB of on-board UFS storage, a DSI output supporting up to 1080P, an HDMI output supporting 4k60, three MIPI CSI interfaces, dual gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and two PCI Express Gen. 3 lanes. All together, the company claims the module is ideal for edge AI workloads that would normally require a machine drawing considerably more power and taking up a lot more room.

Aware that not everyone has adopted the SMARC standard yet, ADLINK has also announced compatibility with its Raspberry Pi-inspired I-Pi SMARC carrier board and a corresponding developer kit bundle. Dubbed the I-Pi SMARC 1200, the carrier is supplied with a COM kitted out with 4GB of LPDDR4X memory and 64GB of on-board storage — plus a bundled power adapter.

More information on the new module is available on the ADLINK website; the company has not yet confirmed pricing.

Gareth Halfacree
Freelance journalist, technical author, hacker, tinkerer, erstwhile sysadmin. For hire: freelance@halfacree.co.uk.
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