DJI Teams Up With Canonical To Launch Embedded Computer For Drones

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Drone producer DJI and Canonical, the company entity behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, at the moment introduced the launch of Manifold, a small embedded pc that’s optimized for constructing purposes for drones.

The Manifold solely matches on prime of DJI’s Matrice 100 platform, so don’t anticipate to place this one on your phantom drone. The $ 3,300 Matrice 100 is actually DJI’s flying developer platform, with the power to hold hardware just like the Manifold and customizable sensors.

Manifold 1Inside, the Manifold features a quad-core ARM Cortex A-15 processor and an NVIDIA Kepler-based mostly GPU. The GPU is clearly not there to render graphics, however to utilize its image processing and parallel computing power.

This, DJI argues, will enable “new synthetic intelligence purposes resembling pc imaginative and prescient and deep studying.” The pc additionally features commonplace USB and Ethernet ports for attaching infrared cameras, atmospheric analysis units, surveying gear, and different sensors. There’s additionally an HDMI port for connecting screens.

“With the Manifold, we're getting into a new period of smarter, quicker and extra highly effective aerial platforms. Manifold opens up for aerial and floor know-how to intelligently work collectively to unravel complicated issues,” stated Michael Perry, DJI’s director of strategic partnerships, in a press release at the moment. “We're excited to see what purposes our developer group will provide you with for this new platform.”

Given the partnership with Canonical, it’s no shock that the pc will run Ubuntu (on this case, the 14.04 Lengthy Time period Help version).

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Source : TechCrunch

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