Farnell: implement artificial intelligence at the edge

Farnell element14 is now shipping SmartEdge Agile, a low power, IoT ready-to-use device developed through a partnership between Avnet, Octonion and ST Microelectronics. The first in a new category called “Meta-Sensing”, SmartEdge Agile includes nine sensors, and provides design engineers with the ability to implement artificial intelligence at the edge through an easy-to-use, zero-code interface.

By utilizing SmartEdge Agile with Octonion’s new Brainium portal and AI Studio powered by Microsoft Azure, users will have access to a “zero-coding” revolutionary machine learning tool that enables developers and manufacturers to easily bring intelligence to their devices. Brainium Portal can be used to easily initiate a proof of concept by leveraging more than 20 predefined AI algorithms that can be re-used through to product launch. A Brainium software agent is embedded into SmartEdge Agile allowing seamless interface with AI Studio and facilitating the end-to end IoT solution which enables customers to focus on their use cases.

SmartEdge Agile is CE and FCC Certified with Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0.  Its internal battery can be charged by the USB type C connection. The device is based on a 80-MHz, 32-bit Brainium STm32 chip with an ARM Cortex-M4. The sensors board suite includes two 3D accelerometers, a 3D gyroscope, a 3D magnetometer, a pressure sensor, a humidity and temperature sensor, a microphone, an ambient light sensor and proximity sensor, all from STMicroelectronics. SmartEdge Agile also embeds a Secure Element to insure authentication, encryption and integrity of the exchanged data. The device is built in a modular approach at different levels: the sensor board, the connectivity board and the USB Type C connector allows adapting the device to the exact customer requirement.

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