Xilinx Introduces Kria Portfolio of Adaptive System-on-Modules for Accelerating Innovation and AI Applications at the Edge

Apr 20, 2021

Pro­duc­tion-rea­dy embed­ded boards and low-cost deve­lo­per kit acce­le­ra­te design cycles for rapid deploy­ment; initi­al pro­ducts tar­get visi­on AI app­li­ca­ti­ons in smart cities and factories

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today intro­du­ced the Kria™ port­fo­lio of adap­ti­ve sys­tem-on-modu­les (SOMs), pro­duc­tion-rea­dy small form fac­tor embed­ded boards that enab­le rapid deploy­ment in edge-based app­li­ca­ti­ons. Cou­pled with a com­ple­te soft­ware stack and pre-built, pro­duc­tion-gra­de acce­le­ra­ted app­li­ca­ti­ons, Kria adap­ti­ve SOMs are a new method of brin­ging adap­ti­ve com­pu­ting to AI and soft­ware developers.

The first pro­duct avail­ab­le in the Kria SOM port­fo­lio, the Kria K26 SOM, spe­ci­fi­cal­ly tar­gets visi­on AI app­li­ca­ti­ons in smart cities and smart fac­to­ries. The Xilinx® SOM road­map inclu­des a full ran­ge of pro­ducts, from cost-opti­mi­zed SOMs for size and cost-cons­trai­ned app­li­ca­ti­ons to hig­her per­for­mance modu­les that will offer deve­lo­pers more real-time com­pu­te capa­bi­li­ty per watt.

Xilinx’s ent­ran­ce into the bur­geo­ning SOM mar­ket builds on our evo­lu­ti­on bey­ond the chip-level busi­ness that began with our Alveo boards for the data cen­ter and con­ti­nues with the intro­duc­tion of com­ple­te board-level solu­ti­ons for embed­ded sys­tems,” said Kirk Saban, vice pre­si­dent, Pro­duct and Plat­form Mar­ke­ting at Xilinx. “The Kria SOM port­fo­lio expands our mar­ket reach into more edge app­li­ca­ti­ons and will make the power of adap­ta­ble hard­ware acces­si­ble to mil­li­ons of soft­ware and AI developers.”

Accord­ing to indus­try reports, the SOM mar­ket is gro­wing at rough­ly 11 per­cent annu­al­ly and total mar­ket reve­nue is expec­ted to reach $2.3 bil­li­on by 20251.

Fas­ter Time to Deployment

Kria SOMs harness the power, per­for­mance and fle­xi­bi­li­ty advan­ta­ges of Xilinx adap­ta­ble hard­ware, deli­ve­r­ed as pro­duc­tion-deploya­ble, adap­ti­ve modu­les. Kria SOMs enab­le rapid deploy­ment by pro­vi­ding an end-to-end board-level solu­ti­on with a pre-built soft­ware stack. By allowing deve­lo­pers to start at a more evol­ved point in the design cycle com­pa­red to chip-down design, Kria SOMs can redu­ce time-to-deploy­ment by up to nine months.

The Kria K26 SOM is built on top of the Zynq® UltraS­ca­le+™ MPSoC archi­tec­tu­re, which fea­tures a quad-core Arm® Cortex™-A53 pro­ces­sor, more than 250 thousand logic cells, and a H.264/265 video codec. The SOM also fea­tures 4GB of DDR4 memo­ry and 245 IOs, which allow it to adapt to vir­tual­ly any sen­sor or inter­face. With 1.4 tera-ops of AI com­pu­te, the Kria K26 SOM enab­les deve­lo­pers to crea­te visi­on AI app­li­ca­ti­ons offe­ring more than 3X hig­her per­for­mance at lower laten­cy and power com­pa­red to GPU-based SOMs, cri­ti­cal for smart visi­on app­li­ca­ti­ons like secu­ri­ty, traf­fic and city came­ras, retail ana­ly­tics, machi­ne visi­on, and visi­on gui­ded robotics.

Enab­ling Mil­li­ons of Soft­ware Developers

Xilinx has inves­ted hea­vi­ly in its tool flows to make adap­ti­ve com­pu­ting more acces­si­ble to AI and soft­ware deve­lo­pers without hard­ware exper­ti­se. The Kria SOM port­fo­lio takes this acces­si­bi­li­ty to the next level by cou­pling the hard­ware and soft­ware plat­form with pro­duc­tion-rea­dy visi­on acce­le­ra­ted app­li­ca­ti­ons. The­se turn­key app­li­ca­ti­ons eli­mi­na­te all the FPGA hard­ware design work and only requi­re soft­ware deve­lo­pers to inte­gra­te their cus­tom AI models, app­li­ca­ti­on code, and optio­nal­ly modi­fy the visi­on pipe­line – using fami­li­ar design envi­ron­ments, such as Ten­sor­Flow, Pytorch or Caf­fe frame­works, as well as C, C++, Open­CL™, and Python pro­gramming languages—enabled by the Vitis™ uni­fied soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment plat­form and libraries.

With this new acce­le­ra­ted-app­li­ca­ti­on para­digm for soft­ware-based design, Xilinx is announ­cing the first embed­ded app store for edge app­li­ca­ti­ons. Buil­ding out bey­ond its Alveo™ cata­log of apps for data cen­ter, the Xilinx App Store now offers cus­to­mers a wide selec­tion of apps for Kria SOMs from Xilinx and its eco­sys­tem part­ners. Xilinx offe­rings are open source acce­le­ra­ted app­li­ca­ti­ons, pro­vi­ded at no-char­ge, and ran­ge from smart came­ra tracking and face detec­tion to natu­ral lan­guage pro­ces­sing with smart vision.

Kria SOMs also enab­le cus­to­miz­a­ti­on and opti­miz­a­ti­on for embed­ded deve­lo­pers with sup­port for stan­dard Yoc­to-based Peta­Li­nux and, for the first time ever, Xilinx is announ­cing a com­ing col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with Cano­ni­cal to pro­vi­de Ubun­tu Linux sup­port, the high­ly popu­lar Linux dis­tri­bu­ti­on used by AI deve­lo­pers. This offers widespread fami­lia­ri­ty with AI deve­lo­pers and inter­ope­ra­bi­li­ty with exis­ting app­li­ca­ti­ons. Cus­to­mers can deve­lop in eit­her envi­ron­ment and take eit­her approach to pro­duc­tion. Both envi­ron­ments will come pre-built with a soft­ware infra­st­ruc­tu­re and hel­pful utilities.

For smart visi­on app­li­ca­ti­ons, deve­lo­pers and inno­va­tors want the Ubun­tu expe­ri­ence they’­re used to from cloud to desk­top,” said Thibaut Rouf­fi­ne­au, vice pre­si­dent of mar­ke­ting, Canonical/Ubuntu. “Tog­e­ther with Xilinx, we’re exci­ted to pro­vi­de Kria SOM cus­to­mers with out-of-the-box pro­duc­ti­vi­ty, fric­tion­less tran­si­ti­on from deve­lo­p­ment to pro­duc­tion, and gua­ran­te­ed sta­bi­li­ty and secu­ri­ty in the field.”

Out-of-the-Box Rea­dy, Low-cost Deve­lo­p­ment Kit

The Kria KV260 Visi­on AI Star­ter Kit pro­vi­des an afford­a­ble and easy-to-use deve­lo­p­ment plat­form for designing visi­on app­li­ca­ti­ons, right out of the box. The kit is pur­po­se-built to sup­port acce­le­ra­ted visi­on app­li­ca­ti­ons avail­ab­le in the Xilinx App Store and is an excel­lent way to get up and run­ning in less than an hour with no know­ledge of FPGAs or FPGA tools.

Part of the Kria deve­lo­p­ment expe­ri­ence is a self-enab­led path for explo­ra­ti­on, design, and ulti­mate­ly pro­duc­tion deploy­ment through a vast set of online resour­ce. Hob­by­ists, makers, and com­mer­cial deve­lo­pers ali­ke can acce­le­ra­te through each pha­se of the design cycle with tuto­ri­al vide­os, trai­ning cour­ses, and a vast eco­sys­tem of pro­vi­ders offe­ring acce­le­ra­ted app­li­ca­ti­ons, design ser­vices, and more.

Pri­cing and Availability

The Kria KV260 Visi­on AI Star­ter Kit is pri­ced at a low $199. When rea­dy to move to deploy­ment, cus­to­mers can seam­less­ly tran­si­ti­on to the Kria K26 pro­duc­tion SOM, inclu­ding com­mer­cial and indus­tri­al vari­ants pri­ced at $250 or $350, respectively.

Kria K26 SOMs and the KV260 Visi­on AI Star­ter Kit are immedia­te­ly orderable from Xilinx and its net­work of world­wi­de dis­tri­bu­tors. The KV260 Visi­on Star­ter Kit is avail­ab­le immedia­te­ly, with the com­mer­cial-gra­de Kria K26 SOM ship­ping in May of 2021 and the indus­tri­al-gra­de K26 SOM ship­ping this sum­mer. Ubun­tu Linux on Kria K26 SOMs is expec­ted to be avail­ab­le in July of 2021. For more infor­ma­ti­on, visit www.xilinx.com/kria.

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About Xilinx

Xilinx, Inc. deve­lo­ps high­ly fle­xi­ble and adap­ti­ve pro­ces­sing plat­forms that enab­le rapid inno­va­ti­on across a varie­ty of tech­no­lo­gies — from the cloud, to the edge, to the end­point. Xilinx is the inven­tor of the FPGA and Adap­ti­ve SoCs (inclu­ding our Adap­ti­ve Com­pu­te Acce­le­ra­ti­on Plat­form, or ACAP), desi­gned to deli­ver the most dyna­mic com­pu­ting tech­no­lo­gy in the indus­try. We col­la­bo­ra­te with our cus­to­mers to crea­te scala­b­le, dif­fe­ren­tia­ted and intel­li­gent solu­ti­ons that enab­les the adap­ta­ble, intel­li­gent and con­nec­ted world of the future. For more infor­ma­ti­on, visit xilinx.com.

  1. Source: QYR Elec­tro­nics Rese­arch Cen­ter, “Glo­bal Sys­tem on Modu­le SOM Mar­ket Report, Histo­ry and Fore­cast 2014–2025”, July 2019.

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