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AMD releases a starter-kit for robots

by on25 September 2023

Now you can build a cheap robot before Elon Musk

AMD has increased its Kria portfolio of adaptive system-on-module (SOM) boards with the K24 and KD240 Drives Starter Kit, which are designed to control electric motors in robotics systems.

The idea is to lower the barrier to entry for using chips designed for robotics so that kids with buckets more intelligence than Elon Musk can create workable affordable robots.

Starting from $250, the K24 SOM and its corresponding starter kit target cost-sensitive industries and commercial edge use cases. It could be used in electric motor systems, robotics for factory automation, power generation, and public transportation, including elevators and trains. It may be fitted into medical systems, including in surgical robotics devices, and MRI beds.

The kits have a quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor and a dual-core Arm Cortex-R5F real-time processor a Mali-400 MP2 GPU, and an AMD Deep Learning Processor, alongside 2GB LPDDR4 RAM. The software is Ubuntu.

The K24 can be used in conjunction with the K26 in the same robotics systems thanks to a compatible connector.

It consumes much less power than other options on the market including the K26.


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