AMD has expanded its Kria portfolio with the introduction of the K24 Starter Kit and KD240 Drives, designed to control electric motors in robotic systems. This new platform aims to facilitate and make the use of chips specifically designed for robotics more accessible to industries and commercial use cases.
The AMD K24 System-on-Module (SOM) has an initial price of $250 and is equipped with a quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor, a dual-core real-time Arm Cortex-R5F processor, Ubuntu operating system, Mali-400 MP2 GPU, and AMD’s deep learning processor. This entry-level module offers computing and input/output (I/O) capabilities for motor control, and stands out for its low latency, with a response time of 120 ns, approximately half that of Texas Instruments’ AM64XX.
The K24 can be used alongside the K26 in the same robotic system through a compatible connector. Additionally, it has an exceptionally small size, approximately half the size of a credit card, thanks to its integrated packaging. Furthermore, it consumes significantly less power than other options in the market, using only half the power of the high-end K26.
To facilitate getting started with robotic systems, AMD offers the Kria Starter Kit, which includes additional components. Additionally, they plan to launch the REB Robotics 2-in-1 Motor Kit Accessory as a second starter kit in the future.
In summary, AMD’s K24 Starter Kit and KD240 Drives offer a cost-effective and accessible solution for controlling electric motors in robotic systems, making robotic technology more accessible to a wide range of industries and use cases.
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