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Google launches new tools under ‘Coral’ brand

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Boosting its range of AI products, Google has launched Coral — a platform for building intelligent devices with local AI — into public beta.

Google introduced three new hardware devices under its Coral brand. These include a development board ($149.99), a USB accelerator ($74.99) and a 5-megapixel camera ($24.99); the first two being powered by Google’s Edge TPU chips.

Coral, as the company puts it, is a complete local AI toolkit that enables you to “grow your ideas from prototype to production. It includes hardware components, software tools, and content that help you create, train and run neural networks (NNs) locally, on your device.”

The new Edge TPU is a small ASIC to provide high-performance ML inferencing for low-power devices. For new product development, the Coral Dev Board is a fully integrated system designed as a system on module (SoM) attached to a carrier board.

To add the Edge TPU to an existing design, the Coral USB Accelerator allows for easy integration into any Linux system (including Raspberry Pi boards) over USB 2.0 and 3.0.
Google plans to introduce PCIe versions soon.

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