MEMS and Sensors

Google accepting pre-orders for first single board computer

08 February 2023
The Dev Board Micro from Google is powered by the Coral Edge TPU machine learning coprocessor. Source: Google

Google has begun pre-orders for its first compact development board called the Coral Dev Board Micro.

The single board computer (SBC) is designed for makers and engineers to develop low-power on-device machine learning projects using Google’s embedded Coral Edge Tensor Processing Unit (TPU). This TPU is an ML coprocessor offering 4 trillion operations per second (TOPS) at INT8 precision at a claimed 2 TOPS per watt.

The Coral Dev Board Micro was unveiled in January of 2022 and as a low-cost entry point for edge artificial intelligence ecosystems.

The board is based on NXP’s i.MX RT1176 system-on-chip with a single Arm Cortex-M7 core running at 1 GHz and a Cortex M4 core running at 400 MHz. Other features of the SBC include:

  • 64 MB of RAM
  • 128 MB of flash storage
  • A low resolution Himax color camera sensor
  • PDM mono microphone
  • Pair of breadboard-friendly 12-bit GPIO headers
  • Two 100-pin high-density board-to-board connectors

Single board computers have become extremely popular among makers, engineers and professionals due to their ability to be designed for internet of things (IoT), embedded systems and artificial intelligence systems at a cheap price point. Arduino and Raspberry Pi SBCs have become a staple among those developing these cheap do-it-yourself projects and Google is looking to capitalize on the popularity of these development boards.

The Coral Dev Board Micro is now available for pre-order for $79.99 at the Coral store.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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