Adlink Presents The New SMARC Module 2.1 To Meet Rising AI Needs

  • Updated version is fully compatible with the previous 2.0 version
  • Version 2.1 features four cameras for better equipping the autonomous vehicles

Edge computing solutions provider ADLINK Technology has released the updated SMARC module 2.1. The company, also a contributor to the Smart Mobility Architecture Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies (SMARC SGET), has made the version 2.1 fully compatible with the current specification of 2.0. The new features allow multiplexing with existing signals with additions that do not compromise on the pins that had been assigned in the 2.0 specifications.

Updated features

  • Support for up to 4 CSI MIPI camera input ports meets the growing needs of AI applications.
  • Allows multiplexing of SERDES signals over the 3rd and 4th PCIe x1 interfaces for additional Ethernet ports, enabling the module to work with up to 4 GbE Ethernet ports.

With the help of FFC feature connectors, the third and fourth camera ports support up to 4 MIPI CSI data lanes. These ports also support GigE-Vison that are needed for 360-degrees situational awareness for autonomous vehicles.  

“Most of these applications require low power because they are either battery-powered or build into fan-less, air-tight enclosures, such as Smart Cameras. The new SMARC AIoM (AI on Module) supports long lifecycles, extreme temperatures, high MTBF and other must-have industrial characteristics” says Henri Parmentier who manages the SMARC product line for ADLINK Technology.

He further added that the AI in computer vision market, valued at around US$ 2.5 billion in 2017, is expected to reach US$ 25 billion by 2023 with robotics and machine vision applications to see a significant increase.

Through this development, carrier board designs will get simplified and interoperability between different modules and design vendors will improve.