Edge AI computer for smart city applications

03-02-2022 | Impulse Embedded | Subs & Systems

Impulse Embedded now provides the RSC100, ARM-based Edge embedded PC with the Hailo-8 AI accelerator. This streamlined processing unit for AI applications can provide up to 26 TOPs of int-8 performance in a cost-effective, power-efficient unit. The Edge system, together with Hailo-8, is ideal for a broad spectrum of uses, including public safety, smart factory, agriculture and intelligent transportation.

The system chassis is constructed of aluminium and heavy-duty steel with an IP40 rating and supports a wide operating temperature of -20C to +70C, excellent for usage in harsh, industrial environments where the temperatures can vary through an operation. An Edge device is kitted out with dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, an M.2 3052 B-key slot, which may be utilised to install a 5G module and two full-size miniPCIe slots for expansion. It also has seven SMA antenna breakout holes to satisfy the wireless comms demands of an application.

The 8-core ARM processor is backed up with 4GB of LPDDR4 system memory and has 16GB of eMMC storage onboard as standard and an M.2 2280 M-key SSD slot with PCIe x4 NVMe support and a MicroSD card slot for more storage. Extra I/O includes a built-in HDMI 2.0 port with 4K resolution support, two serial ports supporting RS-232/422/485, two CANbus ports, two USB2.0 ports and 8-channels of digital I/O, (4-DI/4-DO). Embedded operating system support is provided in the shape of Yocto Linux 3.0.

All of this I/O, software and connectivity together with an AI-focused microprocessor that employs just 2.5W while achieving 26TOPs of INT-8 performance, means it can process complex deep learning neural networks out at the Edge in a broad range of smart embedded applications.

As with its embedded computing range, the company can fully configure the RSC100 to customers’ specifications with a wide choice of storage, peripheral cards, operating system, and neural network.

By Natasha Shek