IEI’s “FLEX AIoT Dev. Package” runs Ubuntu on a eighth or ninth Gen Espresso Lake with 2x GbE, 2x HDMI, 4x SATA, 3x M.2, PCIe x4, and 2x PCIe x8 slots with non-obligatory Mustang playing cards with Myriad X VPUs and extra.
IEI Integration has launched high-end edge AI laptop that runs a “pre-validated” Ubuntu 18.04 stack on Intel’s eighth or ninth Gen Espresso Lake CPUs. The FLEX AIoT Dev. Package has a lot in frequent with its earlier, eighth Gen Espresso Lake FLEX-BX200-Q370 system.
FLEX AIoT Dev. Package
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The important thing distinction between the FLEXAIoT Dev. Package and the FLEX-BX200-Q370 is that as a substitute of providing 2x PCIe Gen 3.Zero x16 and 2x PCIe 3.Zero x4 slots for AI acceleration and graphics playing cards, the brand new system offers 2x PCIe 3.Zero x8 and a single PCIe 3.Zero x4 slot. FLEXAIoT provides an M.2 B-key 2242 with SIM card slot along with the sooner M.2 M-key 2280 socket with assist for NVMe SSDs.
The PCIe and M.2 slots assist a wide range of Intel-based IEI Mustang playing cards and modules that carry out AI acceleration. The PCIe x8 playing cards embody a Mustang F100 x8 outfitted with an Intel Arria 10 FPGA. Different x8 choices embody movement controller playing cards and a IPCIE-4POE card for connecting IP cameras through 4x GbE ports with Energy-over-Ethernet.
The PCIe x4 playing cards embody the Mustang-V100-MX8, which is provided with 8x Intel Movidius Myriad X VPUs and a Mustang-V100-MX4 that gives 4x Myriad X VPUs. An M.2 B/M Mustang-MPCIE-MX2 module, which can also be out there on IEI’s Ubuntu-driven Apollo Lake primarily based ITG-100AI, provides 2x VPUs.
The AI add-ons are supported by Intel’s OpenVINO toolkit, which optimize pre-trained deep studying fashions similar to Caffe, MXNET, and ONNX Tensorflow. Purposes are stated to incorporate site visitors monitoring and evaluation, unlawful parking and helmet detection, license plate evaluation, and age, gender and face identification. Such AI functions can enhance the effectivity of sensible cities and regulation enforcement, but in addition pose potential threats to privateness and freedom.
The FLEX AIoT Dev. Package helps eighth or ninth Gen, as much as octa-core Core/Xeon processors that use an LGA1151 socket and supply Intel Q370 or C246 chipsets. You’ll be able to load as much as 64GB, 2666/2400MHz DDR4 through twin sockets and retailer gobs of knowledge on 4x hot-swap HDD/SSD SATA III bays with RAID 0/1/5/10 assist. The default configuration features a single 1TB HDD.
The PCI 3.0-enabled M.2 M-key 2280 socket that helps the Myriad X card additionally helps an SSD, together with NVMe storage. The M.2 B-Key 2242 socket ships with a SIM slot for 3G/LTE and helps PCIe 3.Zero and USB 3.2 Gen1 alerts.
FLEX AIoT Dev. Package element views
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An M.2 2230 slot is preloaded with 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.1, and there’s additionally an non-obligatory M.2 3042 with LTE, which probably replaces the M.2 2230. The system has 4x SMA antenna mounts.
The FLEX AIoT Dev. Package is provided with 2x GbE ports through an Intel I210 controller and an I219 with vPro assist. Different options embody 6 x USB 3.2 Gen1 and a pair of RS-232 ports. Media I/O contains 2x HDMI outputs with impartial show assist and twin audio jacks.
The system has the identical 357 x 230 x 88mm dimensions because the FLEX-BX200-Q370 and is powered by a 350W ATX energy provide with 90VAC~264VAC, 50/60Hz enter and outputs starting from 3.3V to 12V. You additionally get an AT/ATX swap, energy and reset buttons, a watchdog, and TPM 2.0.
The FLEX AIoT Dev. Package is provided with 3x followers and a CPU cooler and has a -10 to 50°C working vary with 5% ~95%, non-condensing humidity tolerance. Different ruggedization options embody 10G shock and 1.5G vibration resistance. Wall and rack mounting can be found and choices embody the Mustang playing cards plus storage and 4G/GNSS modules.
The FLEX AIoT Dev. Package is on the market beginning at $1,380 with an eighth Gen Core i5-8500, 8GB DDR4, 1TB SATA, and different customary options, ranging as much as $2,650 for an octa-core, 16-thread Xeon E-2278GEL (2.0/3.9GHz) with 32GB RAM, 1TB HDD, and a Mustang-V100-MX8. Extra info could also be present in IEI’s announcement and product web page.