Hailo-8L 13 TOPS AI accelerator targets entry-level edge devices

Hailo introduced the Hailo-8 AI accelerator offering up to 26 TOPS in 2020, and we’ve found it integrated into many designs since then. The company has now launched a cost-down version with the Hailo-8L AI accelerator delivering up to 13 TOPS for more cost-sensitive entry-level edge devices, or workloads that do not require the more powerful Hailo-8.

Hailo says the Hailo-8L offers low-latency, high-efficiency processing, and is capable of handling pipelines with multiple real-time streams and concurrent processing of multiple models and AI tasks. The new Hailo-8L is compatible with the Hailo-8 and relies on the same Hailo-8 software suite, so they could be integrated into existing designs for cost savings.

Hailo-8L AI accelerator

Hailo-8L key features and specifications:

  • 13 Tera-Operations Per Second (TOPS)
  • Real-time, low latency & high-efficiency AI inferencing on edge devices
  • No external memory required
  • Scalable with simultaneous processing of multi-streams & multi-models
  • Typical power consumption – 1.5W
  • Commercial & industrial grades up to -40°C to 85°C range
Hailo 8L software development kit
Hailo AI software suite

The Hailo-8L is said to run the benchmark classification model ResNet50 at 500 FPS which compares to 1,144 FPS (provided all other parameters are the same) for the NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano 8GB with 40 TOPS and set to 15W power usage. An important note is the Jetson module comes with a fully integrated SoC, but the Hailo-8L requires an additional host processor connected over PCIe or Ethernet.

The Hailo-8L AI accelerator can be purchased now, and M.2 PCIe modules will soon be offered for easy integration into existing embedded computers. More details may be found on the product page.

Hailo-8L M.2 modules

As a side note, the press release also covers high-performance Hailo-8 Century PCIe cards with 52 to 208 TOPS thanks to multiple Hailo-8 accelerators. Those are designed for video management systems handling a large number of video streams. You’ll find additional information about the new PCIe cards on a separate product page.

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