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Raspberry Pi AI Kit

by Raspberry Pi

The official Raspberry Pi AI Kit bundles an M.2-format Hailo 8L AI accelerator with the Raspberry Pi M.2 HAT+ to offer access to excellent inferencing performance on the Raspberry Pi 5.

Installed on a Raspberry Pi 5, the AI Kit allows you to rapidly build complex AI vision applications, running in real time, with low latency and low power requirements. State-of-the-art neural networks for object detection, semantic and instance segmentation, pose estimation, and facial landmarking (to name just a few) run entirely on the Hailo-8L co-processor, leaving the Raspberry Pi 5 CPU free to perform other tasks.

It provides an accessible, cost-effective, and power-efficient way to integrate high-performance AI. Explore applications including process control, security, home automation, and robotics.

Kit Contains

  • Hailo AI module containing a Neural Processing Unit (NPU)
  • Raspberry Pi M.2 HAT+, to connect the AI module to your Raspberry Pi 5
  • thermal pad pre-fitted between the module and the M.2 HAT+
  • mounting hardware kit
  • 16mm stacking GPIO header

Raspberry Pi 5 is not included (but you can buy one here).

Features

  • Contains a neural network inference accelerator capable of 13 tera-operations per second (TOPS)
  • Fully integrated into Raspberry Pi’s camera software stack
  • Thermal pad pre-fitted between module and HAT+ spreads heat across components, improving performance
  • Conforms to Raspberry Pi HAT+ specification
  • Supplied with 16mm stacking header, spacers, and screws to enable fitting on Raspberry Pi 5 with Raspberry Pi Active Cooler in place

About AI Module

The AI module is a 13 tera-operations per second (TOPS) neural network inference accelerator built around the Hailo-8L chip. The module uses the M.2 2242 form factor, and comes pre-installed in the M.2 HAT+, to which it connects through an M key edge connector. The M.2 HAT+ communicates between the AI module’s M.2 interface and the Raspberry Pi 5’s PCIe 2.0 interface.

When the host Raspberry Pi 5 is running an up-to-date Raspberry Pi OS image, it automatically detects the Hailo module and makes the NPU available for AI computing tasks. The built-in rpicam-apps camera applications in Raspberry Pi OS natively support the AI module, automatically using the NPU to run compatible post-processing tasks.

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