Industrial-grade box-PC expedites AI deployment

14-04-2022 | Advantech | Subs & Systems

Advantech has released the EPC-R7200, an NVIDIA Jetson-compatible industrial-grade Box-PC. The device satisfies the demands created by the rising adoption of NVIDIA Jetson platform edge AI devices via an ultra-compact form factor (152mm × 137mm × 42mm; 5.9" × 5.3" × 1.6"). This Box-PC is designed for AI developers using NVIDIA Jetson family modules, including Jetson Xavier NX, Jetson TX2 NX, and Jetson Nano. These features make it ideal for edge AI applications in diverse industries.

This industrial-grade Box PC is provided with a carrier board that is fully compatible with the three types of Jetson modules in form-factor and pin configuration. Created to serve as a complete industrial-grade system, its high-quality aluminium housing with improved heat dissipation and ESD protection offers state of the art security and protection. Moreover, its thermal solutions accommodate modular and module-specific heat spreaders.

NVIDIA Jetson modules operate with the NVIDIA JetPack SDK. JetPack comprises Jetson Linux Driver Package (L4T) with Ubuntu Linux operating system and CUDA-X. These solutions serve to speed up AI development. The device is entirely compatible with NVIDIA SDK and enables AI. It also allows AI developers to automatically actuate I/Os with no further driver installation or function configuration setup. The company's EPC-R7200 supports wide operating temperatures, power input, and high vibration tolerance (-40-85C/-40-185F; 9-24VDC; 3Grms). Likewise, it transforms Jetson family modules into an edge AI system. This, in turn, assists users to produce field-side prototypes while significantly decreasing the development time and resources needed for system integration and verification.

Edge AI applications — including image inference — need premium camera inputs. Accordingly, EPC-R7200 provides 2 x two-lane MIPI-CSI2 camera inputs for intelligent vision-based systems. It also features 1 x HDMI 2.0 port for 4K resolution displays, 2 x GbE LAN for connectivity, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports and 2 x M.2 slots for wireless module (1 x 2230 Key E, and 1 x 3042 Key B). Using UIO40-Express mechanical design, the carrier board utilises application-oriented I/O expansion boards to increase capacity. It allows developers to select I/O extension boards like M.2 2280 Key M slots for extra storage through connection with NVMe SSD, serial ports (RS-232, RS-485), isolated DI/DOs, USB 2.0, and 4 x ports GbE Ethernet hub. In addition, the company's AIM-Linux software service offers UIO40-Express peripheral drivers for NVIDIA JetPack SDK 4.5.1. This allows UIO40-Express functions with no additional integration effort.

By Natasha Shek