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Advantech's VEGA-300 Series: the Most Advanced Edge AI Acceleration Modules in the Industry

Date: 5/21/2019 12:00:00 AM

May 2019, Taipei –Advantech, a leading global provider of intelligent IoT systems and embedded platforms, is proud to reveal its brand new edge AI modules: the VEGA-300 series powered by Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ X VPU and Intel’s Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit for versatile, vision-based AI applications in the robotics, drone, retail, and transportation fields. The VEGA-300 series provides compact, low power add-on modules with two form factors: VEGA-320 M.2 A+E Key and VGEA-330 miniPCIe to help accelerate computer vision and deep learning inference on the edge. To speed up the AI development process, Advantech also provides Edge AI Suite, which incorporates the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit, pre-trained models, and edge management functions so customers can quickly run inference on their edge devices for real-time decision making without the limitations of latency, cost, bandwidth, and power consumption. 

Accelerating Edge Inference with Best Performance Efficiency 

Powered by Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ X VPU, the VEGA-300 edge AI module can deliver best performance/power across AI workloads on edge devices with maximum flexibility while performing up to 1.5x faster than CPU-only platforms. The VEGA-300 series comes with two form factors: the VEGA-320 series m.2 modules with one Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ X VPU onboard and the VEGA-330 series miniPCIe modules with two Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ X VPUs onboard. The VEGA-300 series is compact enough to be plugged into edge devices, performs deep learning inference, and can turn data into actionable insights with higher accuracy and faster response times with less than 3.8 watts of power. 

Speeding Up AI-Enabled Application Development 

 To help customers rapidly enable deep learning inferences on their edge devices with VEGA-300 modules plugged in, Advantech offers Edge AI Suite. With Intel’s Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit and pre-trained models integrated, Edge AI Suite provides a deep learning model optimizer, an inference engine, pre-trained models, and a friendly GUI toolkit. Customers can use Python-based tools to quickly import their existing Caffe, TensorFlow, and Apache MXNet trained models and deploy them to edge devices. Edge AI Suite also integrates VPU/CPU/Memory for real-time status monitoring and model update functions for managing distributed edge devices.   

The VEGA-320 is available now and the VEGA-330 will be ready in June. To obtain more information, please contact your local sales office or visit the Advantech website. (https://www.advantech.com/products/edeg-ai-modules/sub_3d060f1e-e73e-460d-b38c-c69f76312c91 )