Embedded Solution Product of the Year
Product Name: Kria KR260 Robotics Starter Kit
Kria KR260 Robotics Starter Kit enables rapid development of hardware-accelerated applications for robotics and industrial automation
As has been discovered in cloud computing, industrial robotics needs hardware-accelerated processing to meet market demands for sophisticated functionality with real-time performance. Building a robot is quite difficult enough, without the added challenge to design a custom processor in silicon. Moreover, designing such a processor at the hardware level is outside the typical roboticist’s highly specialized and software-oriented skillset.
AMD-Xilinx created the Kria™ KR260 Robotics Starter Kit to turn the processor-hardware design challenge into an opportunity for roboticists to create a uniquely tailored solution that delivers unbeatable performance at the lowest possible size, weight, and power. And to achieve the desired result quickly.
The kit provides customizable hardware leveraging the proven Kria K26 adaptive system-on-module (SOM), an embedded PCB in a small form factor that contains a Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC programmable system-on-chip. There are also pre-built interfaces for robotics, machine vision and industrial communication and control. Also, the Kria Robotics Stack (KRS) provides integrated robot libraries and utilities, while the AMD-Xilinx App Store provides accelerated applications that facilitate evaluation and provide a seamless path to deployment. Importantly, the kit natively supports ROS 2, the standard framework for robotics application development, and so allows roboticists to develop their solutions while working in a familiar environment.
Complete Industrial Solution
The Kria KR260 Robotics Starter Kit is a scalable and out-of-the-box development platform for robotics that provides a seamless path to production deployment with the existing AMD-Xilinx Kria K26 adaptive production SOMs. Featuring Ubuntu 22.04, native ROS 2 support and pre-built interfaces for robotics and industrial solutions, the SOM starter kit enables rapid development of hardware-accelerated applications for robotics, machine vision and industrial communication and control.
Central to the experience is the Kria Robotics Stack, an integrated set of robot libraries and utilities that use hardware to accelerate the development, maintenance and commercialization of industrial-grade robotic solutions targeting Kria SOMs.
Based on internal benchmarks, the KR260 significantly boosts design productivity and performance/watt, while reducing latency compared to competitive GPU solutions. The board provides commonly needed interfaces including USB 3.0 and 2.0, camera interfaces including MIPI and LVDS, and time-sensitive networking support, The AMD-Xilinx app store enables developers to easily download and run hardware-accelerated robotics applications. These applications can be used in production or with the KR260’s pre-built interfaces, offering an elevated starting point for development and differentiation. This adds to the nine-months-faster time-to-deployment that the Kria K26 SOM offers when developers are ready for production in industrial environments.
Impact on the industry
Industry analyst firm Omdia has said the robotics components market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.4 percent until 2025, raising overall revenue in world markets to approximately $126 billion.
By delivering a hardware-development solution for roboticists, the Kria KR260 kit is a critical enabler of such market growth. As an end-to-end adaptive robotics platform, it can deliver nearly a five-fold productivity gain over alternative approaches based on standard off-the-shelf vector processors that have a fixed architecture. These are usually graphics processing units (GPUs), which contain a large array of cores that are well suited to performing a high number of specific tasks simultaneously and concurrently. The low-latency, adaptive computing architecture of Kria SOMs, implemented with the Kria Robotics Stack (KRS) and ROS 2, can deliver over 8-times better performance per watt and up to 3.5-times lower latency compared to a solution implemented with a GPU.
As well as exceeding the performance of these GPUs, the Kria SOM portfolio also accelerates the design cycle compared to chip-down design, reducing the time to deployment by several months. Moreover, developers with no FPGA expertise can design their own processors confidently and complete the project quickly and efficiently.
Collaboration with Open Robotics, the creators of ROS 2 and other open software and hardware platforms for robotics, is ongoing to validate and ensure compliance of the AMD-Xilinx ROS 2 implementation for the robotics community. Open Robotics has publicly acknowledged the role of the Kria SOM family and KR260 Starter Kit in letting users create software-defined hardware and build solutions that offer high performance per watt, also ensuring security, energy-efficiency and adaptability.