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UDOO Launches the High-Performance Vision X5, X7 Single-Board Computers for Edge AI Workloads

Designed for low-power high-performance vision workloads, the two new Vision boards include Intel Celeron SoCs and ATmega32U4 coppers.

Embedded computing specialist UDOO has announced the launch of two new high-performance single-board computers, made with machine learning and edge AI projects firmly in mind: the UDOO Vision X5 and X7.

"The UDOO VISION is the ultimate choice for computer vision projects thanks to the excellent performance of the Intel Apollo Lake SoC [System on Chip] and the Intel distribution of OpenVINO framework ready to be installed," UDOO claims of its latest board designs in an announcement brought to our attention by CNX Software. "UDOO VISION also comes equipped with an Microchip ATmega32U4 microcontroller. It features an Arduino Leonardo's pinout in a smaller layout, allowing you to explore your creativity and experiment with different projects."

The boards differ only in memory capacity and processor model. As the name suggests, the Vision X5 uses an Intel Atom x5-E3940 quad-core processor running at up to 1.8GHz with a 600MHz 12 execution unit (EU) Intel HD Graphics 500 Series GPU and 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM plus 32GB of eMMC storage; the Vision X7 has an Atom x7-E3950 quad-core chip running at up to 2GHz with a 650MHz 18 EU GPU, 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and 64GB of eMMC storage.

Other than that, both machines are identical. There's the ATmega32U4 microcontroller as a coprocessor, support for Mini DisplayPort++ and Embedded DisplayPort displays, two gigabit Ethernet ports and an M.2 E-key slot for Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, a microSD slot, SATA-III connector, and a B-key M.2 slot which can be used for high-speed storage or a cellular modem connected to the on-board mini-SIM slot.

Elsewhere on the board is a 26-pin Arduino Leonardo-style header for the ATmega32U4 microcontroller, a COM port header with RS232/RS422/RS485 support, two USB 3.0 ports and a dual-port header, a real-time clock, infrared interface, and a fan connector for the bundled and impressively-chunky heatsink and fan assembly. Any operating system compatible with an Intel Celeron processor should work with the Vision boards too, with UDOO promising compatibility with Windows versions 7 through 10 inclusive and in the Linux kernel too.

More information on the boards is available in UDOO's documentation, while the official store has the boards available to order now at $349 for the Vision X5 and $419 for the Vision X7.

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