Users Can Build Industrial Control and Machine-Vision Applications on the Kria KR260 Robotics Starter Kit with Minimal Linux and No FPGA Expertise Needed
This article was originally published on August 4, 2022.
Two new downloadable apps that can significantly cut development time of certain industrial applications are now available from AMD’s Kria™ App Store. Used in conjunction with AMD’s modestly priced Kria KR260 Robotics Starter Kit (US$349), these apps that were developed for the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS certified KR260 boards, help developers build complex, hardware-accelerated industrial systems with minimal Linux and no FPGA expertise required.
“AMD-Xilinx is looking to make advanced robotics technology accessible to the masses,” said Chetan Khona, senior director of marketing for the Industrial, Vision, and Healthcare (IVH) business unit in AECG. “With our affordable Kria KR260 Robotics Starter Kit that is pre-integrated to work with Canonical’s Ubuntu 22.04 operating system and ROS 2 Humble Hawksbill, developers can avoid common design hurdles and shave months off of their development cycles.”
Compatible with the latest ROS 2 standards, the industrial control app (ROS 2 Multi-Node Communication TSN) enables synchronization of real-time clocks in a network of time-sensitive networking (TSN) nodes. Synchronizing real-time clocks in industrial machinery with multiple sensors, actuators, and controllers is critical for automating complex processes and driving deterministic behaviors.
The machine vision app (10GigE Vision Camera) combines technology from Sensor to Image, FRAMOS, and AMD-Xilinx to enable a 10GigE industrial vision camera. The app uses a Sony IMX SLVS-EC sensor and the industry’s GigE Vision protocol to enable the user to configure the camera over a network and stream video data at up to 10Gb/s. Streaming is handled in the hardware to optimize the system’s data rate and free the CPU for other image processing needs.
Both AMD apps work with Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, a production-ready, enterprise-grade operating system. “Certification of Kria boards with Ubuntu 22.04 LTS makes AMD-Xilinx’s adaptable hardware accessible to all software developers. AMD-Xilinx’s new apps are a great example of how developers can now accelerate application design and development by focusing on solutions, knowing that their projects are being built on boards certified with Ubuntu, on a validated, secure, and supported platform,” said Loic Minier, director of partner engineering architecture at Canonical.
Introduced in May, the Kria KR260 Robotics Starter Kit is the latest addition to the Kria portfolio of adaptive system-on-modules (SOMs) and developer kits. A scalable and out-of-the-box development platform for robotics, the kit offers a seamless path to production deployment with the existing Kria K26 adaptive SOMs. With native ROS 2 support, the standard framework for robotics application development, and pre-built interfaces for robotics and industrial solutions, it enables rapid development of hardware-accelerated applications for machine vision and industrial communication and control. Leveraging Ubuntu also enables production deployments to seamlessly transition to Ubuntu Core - a production-grade, supported operating system that developers can rely on with support available from Canonical.