Four A.I. development boards compliant with 96Boards specifications were announced at Linaro Connect HK 2018 last month: HiKey 970, Ultra96, as well as ROCK960 PRO & Enterprise Edition.
So for we only knew pricing for Ultra96 ($249), but I’ve now noticed Hikey 970 “Super Edge AI Computing Platform” is now up for pre-order for $299.99 on Lenovator website, with shipping planned for the end of April. [Update: Also found on Seeed Studio for the same price]
Hikey 970 specifications:
- SoC – Huawei/Hisilicon Kirin 970 with 4x Cortex A73 @ 2.36GHz, 4x Cortex A53 @ 1.8GHz, Arm Mali G72-MP12 GPU, NPU (Neural Processing Unit) with 256MAC/cycle @ 960MHz
- System Memory – 6GB 1866MHz, 4 Channel LPDDR4x
- Storage – 64GB UFS storage, micro SD card slot, PCIe Gen3 on M.2 M key connector
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4 type A up to 1080p60 (TBC), 1x 4-lane MIPI DSI (via HS expansion connector)
- Video – MPEG2 @ 80 Mbps, MPEG4 @ 50 Mbps, H.264 @ 240 Mbps, H.265 @ 160 Mbps, VP8 @ 100 Mpbs, VP9 @ 120 Mbps
- Camera – 4-lane CSI + 2-lane CSI (via HS expansion connector)
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band WiFi + Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, GLONASS
- USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 2.0 type C (OTG) port, 1x USB 2.0 type C host port
- PCIe Gen 3 mPCIe slot
- PCIe Gen 3 M.2 Key M slot
- 40-pin 96Boards Low-speed expansion header with 1.8V, 5V, GND, 2x UART, 2x I2C, SPI, I2S, 12x GPIO
- 60-pin 96Boards High speed expansion header with 4L MIPI-DSI, 2x I2C, SPI (48M), USB 2.0, 2L+4L MIPI CSI
- CAN V2.0B @ 1 Mbit/s
- Misc – 6x LEDs (WiFi, Bluetooth, 4x User)
- Power Supply – 8 to 18V via 4.75/1.7mm power barrel (12V/2A recommended )
- Dimensions – 100 x 85 x 10 mm (96Boards CE Extended)
The specifications on Lenovator show a HDMI 1.4 port limited to 1080p60, but hopefully it might be a mistake, as initially it was announced with HDMI 2.0a up to 4K 60 Hz with HDR, and Kirin 970 processor does support H.265 4K video decoding up to 60 fps.
I could not find detailed documentation for the board, but eventually resources should be made available on 96boards.ai.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.