It has been a long way since we started UP AI Edge campaign, where UP Core Plus, Net Plus, Vision Plus X and AI Plus were introduced. In the past summer, we finally completed all AI Edge series development and shipment except UP AI Plus.
It’s been a tough decision for UP, but it is even an unpleasant announcement for you, our valued customers.
UP AI Plus was the first attempt for UP team to develop a FPGA board, which aims to provide its possibilities to target heterogeneous platforms with Intel® CPUs and FPGAs to accelerate your AI projects.
FPGA itself can be reprogrammed and is able to implement real-time inferencing of a model, which led to us towards a vision of deploying FPGA for AI inferencing in a way of high flexibility and low latency.
We conducted trial and error for months, sadly, the development was not going well as we expected. The major insuperable obstacles, such as drivers and I/O enabling functionality, were depended on our software partners. At the last phase of development, Intel® Cyclone® 10 GX could not deploy the integration with Intel® OpenVINO™ toolkit, therefore, we cannot make all features work as wished.
After our validation process, we are unable to move this UP AI Plus board into mass production. However, we see another feasibility from our partner, Grazper, who has done a great job to demo the power of UP AI Plus with featuring demographics (face detection and gender recognition). For that reason, we would recommend this UP AI Plus board for intermediate developers. Thereupon, without the full-range support for our customers, we decided to make this product as a project base product.
With all that being said it is also joyless, to see we cannot achieve our objective of UP AI Plus board. Thank you so much for waiting for our UP AI Plus. We have learned the valuable experiences and will definitely reference it for our next items.
For Kickstarter backers those who are still waiting,
[UCPF1]/[UCPF2]/[UCPF3]/[UCPFV1]/[UCPFV2]/[UCPFV3] [UCPFV3-C]: There are certain functionalities that cannot work properly as we promise, such as the driver of 28P LVDS_CAM and USB Type-C cannot be pre-installed, and users shall get drivers from Basler and SLS respectively. And sadly, DP input is not working due to technical issues.
We would like to update our backers that you can get a sample with these limited functionalities or claim a refund of your pledge amount. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and provide us your PayPal email and backer number, we will handle your request at once.
We appreciate your support in this journey, it would not be the same without all your support. We would like to express our sincerest gratitude for this opportunity you have given us, and we are very appreciative of your continued support and understanding.