The EdgeBoard is a designed to be a turnkey solution, full configured by Baidu, but can also be configured and customized as part of the Baidu Brain AI Hardware Platform initiative, which aims to deliver “proven market-specific technologies to the industry so that companies can quickly adopt and deploy them for edge-specific applications.”
Baidu’s new EdgeBoard is based on the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale + MPSoC, which integrates real-time processors with programmable logic. The devices provide 64-bit processor scalability, while combining real-time control with soft and hard engines for graphics, video, waveform, and packet processing, according to Xilinx. The EdgeBoard was designed to enable the development of edge application products, such as smart-video security and surveillance solutions, advanced driver assistance systems, and next-generation robots.
"The flexible EdgeBoard we built based on Xilinx is designed to enable developers and engineers to quickly leverage Baidu-proven technology or deploy self-defined models, enabling faster deployment," said Youping Yu, general manager of Baidu's AI ecosystem division. "This is the ideal acceleration engine to enable Baidu Brain to broadly serve Chinese edge AI developers."