AMD Announces Kria KR260 Robotics Starter Kit

AMD announced the Kria KR260 Robotics Starter Kit, which enables developers to rapidly build hardware-accelerated applications for robotics and industrial automation.

The Kria KR260 Robotics Starter Kit, derived from AMD’s acquisition of Xilinx, integrates the existing Kria K26 self-tuning SOM and is advertised out of the box, allowing developers to use it faster for production deployment paths.

With native support for Open Robotics’ ROS 2 open-source framework and pre-built interfaces for robotics and industrial solutions, Kria KR260 Robotics Starter Kit will be quickly used for robot development, or hardware acceleration requirements for the application of machine vision and industrial communication control. It can also be combined with the continuously expanding AMD Xilinx App Store resources for easy evaluation and a seamless deployment path.

Combining the Kria Robotic Stacking (KRS) and ROS 2 open-source framework, the Kria SOM will be able to increase the performance per watt by 8 times compared to NVIDIA’s GPU acceleration method, while reducing the latency performance by 3.5 times. The operating system is compatible with the widely used Ubuntu, is compatible with the latest Long Term Support (LTS) version of Ubuntu Linux Desktop (22.04) provided by Canonical, and is compatible with the ROS 2 Humble Hawksbill framework.

The Kria SOM family and KR260 Starter Kit provide the robotics community with a great combination of performance, flexibility and rapid development time,” said Brian Gerkey, CEO of Open Robotics. “Users can create software-defined hardware and build solutions offering high performance per watt, with security, energy-efficiency and adaptability. Open Robotics is excited to be collaborating with AMD-Xilinx to understand and address the needs of roboticists using hardware acceleration to build new robot applications with the KR260 development platform.

The Kria KR260 is priced at $349 and is available to order through AMD and its global resellers.