Advantech and Hailo partner on AI at edge

  • August 16, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

Taiwanese industrial computer company Advantech is working with Israeli start-up chipmaker Hailo to expand its energy-efficient edge AI portfolio.

Through this collaboration, Advantech will leverage Hailo’s AI accelerators to develop better performance-and-price-per-watt edge AI systems and AI acceleration modules, catering to compact and robust edge AI applications such as factory AOI defect inspection, warehouse AMR object detection, and public parking lot management.

Edge AI use cases are highly diverse, driving the need for diversity in AI computing capabilities, power consumption and industrial designs. Power sensitivity is a crucial consideration when integrating edge devices into robotics or autonomous devices, where efficient power consumption preserves battery life and prolongs operational duration.

Hailo’s portfolio includes the Hailo-8 AI accelerator, which seamlessly integrates with edge platforms, empowering real-time deep learning inference tasks at the edge with 26Tops at a power consumption of 2.5W, small size and low cost.

Advantech plans to launch a series of edge AI systems bundled with Hailo-8 M2 AI acceleration modules, including EPC-R3720, Ark-1250, Ark-3533 and EI-53 during September and October. The collaboration also encompasses software services.

Advantech’s edge AI software, a toolset that assists users in evaluating, developing and deploying diverse edge AI applications, will integrate Hailo’s AI SDK Tappas, which has been verified on Advantech hardware models.

“We are excited to team up with Hailo to enable scalable high-efficiency AI capabilities at the edge,” said Aaron Su, vice president at Advantech. “The collaboration between Hailo and Advantech signifies a mutual dedication to accelerate edge AI inference application development with a diverse range of technologies and services.”

Gary Huang, general manager for Hailo in China, added: “We are happy to expand our cooperation with Advantech to bring efficiency and high performance to edge AI applications. Hailo is proud to be working with a leading partner like Advantech to leverage AI to empower a wide variety of market segments like industrial automation, security and smart cities”