Avnet adds resources for developing AI and IoT projects on Ultra96 Platform

Bringing a product to life, especially when prototyping, requires many types of tools and support. For engineers already leveraging the new Ultra96-V2 development board to jumpstart their Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, global technology solutions provider Avnet has even more resources available, including technical training and add-on boards.

Avnet’s Ultra96 is a low-cost, easy-to-use platform based on the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC. Avnet offers Technical Training courses for engineers looking to broaden their knowledge of designing IoT and AI applications with the Ultra96 development board, and ultimately to reduce the time and complexity of prototype development.

In March, Avnet released the Ultra96-V2 to power industrial-grade AI and IoT applications. Complete with an updated radio module that enables engineers to extend their reach into new markets, Avnet’s Ultra96-V2 is an ideal platform for smart home, automotive, industrial controls and many other applications.

The Ultra96-V2 enhances the capabilities of the 96Boards community with a range of peripherals and acceleration engines in the programmable logic not available from other offerings. Like its predecessor, the Ultra96-V2 is an Arm-based, Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC development board built on the Linaro 96Boards Consumer Edition (CE) specification. The 96Boards are open source development platforms that can be used by system software developers for software applications, hardware devices and kernel programming for operating systems.

Engineers can now extend the market reach of their innovations globally with the Ultra96-V2’s new feature – a Wi-Fi / Bluetooth radio module from Microchip that is Agency Certified in more than 75 countries. Wireless options include 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 5 Low Energy support.

Both introductory and advanced courses are available, offered online and in numerous cities nationwide by Hackster.io, an Avnet Community, and comprised of educational presentations plus hands-on labs. The labs are built on Avnet’s Ultra96, and support both the V1 and V2 boards, the latter of which Avnet announced earlier this year.

To provide engineers with expanded capabilities for the Ultra96 platform, Avnet is announcing the release of the 96Boards Click Mezzanine. This low-cost, add-on board enables designers to connect the 96Board’s low-speed (LS) header to Click Boards by MikroElektronika, and easily add sensors, controls, relays and more to their MPSoC. These Click Boards also offer personalization for any end application, reducing the risk of designing on custom boards, and leveraging engineering resources throughout the design process.

“At Avnet, we’re committed to helping developers bring their designs to life by providing accessible resources throughout every stage of the product development lifecycle, but especially during the early and critical prototyping stage,” said Jim Beneke, vice president, products and emerging technologies at Avnet. “Together with Hackster.io, our technical training courses will help engineers tap into both the software and hardware capabilities of the Ultra96 boards. And with our new mezzanine card, we’re providing another easy-to-use opportunity to reduce the complexity, time and risk of bringing new IoT and AI projects to life.”

The trainings are available through Hackster.io, Avnet’s project-based community for anyone who wants to learn about programming and building hardware. Introductory courses are available immediately online. Advanced courses will be available next month. The introductory three-course bundle is available for US$59, and each advanced workshop will be an additional $99.

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