Google & Murata creates world’s smallest AI module with Coral Intelligence

Murata Electronics Americas in partnership with Google has claimed that they have created the industry’s smallest artificial intelligence module named the Coral Accelerator Module.

On-device AI applications seem to be the future of both consumer technology and enterprise hardware. With modules like the Coral Accelerator, these devices will run far better than those lacking the innovative tech.

At the heart of the new Coral Accelerator Module is Google’s Edge TPU ASIC, providing high-performance, low-power neural network processing at 4 tera operations per second (TOPS).

The AI Module looks to overcome some of the challenges associated with implementing AI solutions by delivering improved noise suppression and simplifying printed circuit board design in a smaller footprint.

The small size of the module allows all board space to be optimized in space-constrained operations. The solution speeds up the algorithmic calculations required to execute artificial intelligence-based applications.

The goal of Coral is to enable artificial intelligence-based applications running at the device level to quickly move from prototype to production. Coral provides the complete toolkit of hardware components, software tools, and pre-compiled models for building devices with local artificial intelligence-based applications.

The Coral Accelerator Module is an integral part of the fully integrated Coral, which can be implemented in a myriad of applications across numerous industries.

“Coral enables new applications of on-device AI across many industries, from manufacturing to healthcare to agriculture. Working with Murata to make the Coral Accelerator Module – with Google Edge TPU – available in a robust, solderable, and easy-to-integrate package means that more customers can include Coral intelligence inside their products in more environments,” said Vikram Tank, Product Manager for Coral.

Murata worked closely with Coral to ensure that the AI module helped enable the flexibility, scalability, and compatibility for integration into applications deploying the Coral technology. Toward this end, it leveraged its global resources & decades of R&D in the areas of high-density design & component integration.

According to Murata’s claims, the AI module is the smallest of its kind. For manufacturers looking for new ways to implement AI in their compact devices, it could be a highly valuable component.

“The new solution, in a 10 x 15 x 1.5-mm footprint, overcomes some of the biggest challenges implementing AI solutions by providing superior noise suppression and simplifying printed circuit board design in a smaller footprint,” said, Murata.

It also delivers an easy-to-integrate package so it can be used by more customers in more environments.

Those engaged with the AI field likely recognize the name Coral. The company aims to help device makers quickly get their AI-enabled gadgets from the prototype phase to production.

The AI module is an integral piece of the overall Coral platform. Throughout its development, the two firms worked closely to ensure that it is flexible, scalable, and highly compatible with Coral’s existing infrastructure.

Thanks to decades of R&D experience and its background in creating high-quality components, Murata was able to accomplish this flawlessly. Don’t be surprised to see this module featured in a large number of devices that utilize local AI calculations.

The Coral Accelerator Module will be available at the Coral web site in early 2020. Murata and Google will showcase its applications at CES 2020 in South Hall – MP26061.

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