Artificial Intelligence

Tiny AI module developed with Coral intelligence

3rd April 2020
Alex Lynn

Murata has announced that it has created a tiny AI module in partnership with Google – the Coral Accelerator Module. The custom designed module packages Google’s Edge TPU ASIC within a miniaturised footprint.

The solution overcomes some of the most pressing challenges in implementing AI solutions by delivering superior noise suppression and simplifying printed circuit board design in a smaller footprint.

Miniaturisation is key as all board space must be optimised to achieve highly robust functionality in space constrained operations. The result of this collaboration is a solution that speeds up the algorithmic calculations required to execute AI.

“The Coral Accelerator Module is a brilliant offering, and Murata delivers an important building block for the AI Edge ecosystem. This module is a game-changer in enabling the next generation of intelligent devices. The trust Google placed in our technology, process, and material leadership speaks volumes about the robustness of Murata’s Multi-Chip Module process,” claimed Sean Kim of Murata’s Connectivity product marketing group.

Vikram Tank, Product Manager for Coral, added: “Coral enables new applications of on-device AI across many industries, from manufacturing to healthcare to agriculture. Working with Murata to make the Coral Accelerator Module – with Google Edge TPU – available in a robust, solderable, and easy-to-integrate package means that more customers can include Coral intelligence inside their products in more environments.”

The goal of Coral is to enable AI applications running at the device level to quickly move from prototype to production. Coral provides the complete toolkit of hardware components, software tools, and pre-compiled models for building devices with local AI. The AI module is an integral part of the fully integrated Coral platform, which can be implemented in a myriad of applications across numerous industries.

Murata worked closely with Coral to ensure that the AI module helped enable the flexibility, scalability, and compatibility for integration into applications deploying the Coral technology. Toward this end, Murata leveraged its global resources and decades of R&D in the areas of high-density design and component integration.

The Coral Accelerator Module will be available for sale in early 2020 through the Coral website.

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