Robotics starter kit has native ROS 2 support

The latest member of the Kria portfolio of adaptive system on modules (SoMs) is the KR260 robotics starter kit. AMD said it delivers a productivity gain nearly five times that of competing Nvidia-based GPU-based systems, together with an eight times performance/W ratio and 3.5 times lower latency.

The Kria KR260 offers a seamless path to production deployment with the existing Kria K26 adaptive SOMs. It has native support for ROS 2, the standard framework for robotics application development, and pre-built interfaces for robotics and industrial solutions. It is designed for the rapid development of hardware-accelerated applications for robotics, machine vision and industrial communication and control. 

In addition to improvements compared with competing systems, the Kria KR260 accelerates the design cycle compared to chip-down design, the Kria SoM portfolio typically offers up to a nine month saving in time to deployment, with no FPGA expertise required.

According to Chetan Khona, senior director of Industrial, Vision, Healthcare and Sciences Markets at AMD, the kit allows robotic developers to “work in their standard development environment on a platform that has all the interfaces and capabilities needed to be up and running in less than an hour. . . to accelerate robotics innovation and easily take ideas to production at scale”. 

Industry analyst Omdia forecasted the robotics components market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.4 per cent between 2019 and 2025, with the overall world markets revenue to increase to approximately $126 billion by 

The KR260 hardware platform provides pre-built interfaces for robotics and industrial designs which can be combined with accelerated applications delivered via the AMD-Xilinx App Store. 

The central Kria Robotics Stack is an integrated set of robot libraries and utilities that use hardware to accelerate the development, maintenance and commercialisation of industrial-grade robotic designs targeting Kria SoMs. The low-latency, adaptive computing architecture of Kria SoMs implemented with KRS and ROS 2 can improve performance/watt and latency compared to competitive GPU-based solutions, confirmed AMD.  

The KR260 also includes support for the Ubuntu embedded operating system, providing compatibility with Ubuntu Linux Desktop (22.04) from Canonical and ROS 2 Humble Hawksbill.

AMD is collaborating with Open Robotics, the creators of ROS 2 and other open software and hardware platforms for robotics, to validate and ensure compliance of our ROS 2 implementation for the robotics community.

The Kria KR260 robotics starter kit is immediately available from AMD and its network of worldwide distributors. The KR260 starter kit joins the Kria KV260 Vision AI Starter Kit, providing an easy-to-use development platform for designing vision applications.

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