Feature-rich embedded PC excels in AI inference at the edge

17-02-2023 | Impulse Embedded | Industrial

The ASRock IEPF-9010S-EY4 high-performance GPU AI system, available now from Impulse Embedded, offers a rich selection of I/O and storage options. Providing the Intel R680E chipset, the IEPF-9010S-EY4 supports up to 65W Intel 12th Gen Core processors and may be partnered with up to 250W NVIDIA GPU in a rugged package ideal for AI inference at the Edge.

The system provides an LGA1700 CPU socket and can support a broad variety of Intel's 12th Gen Alder Lake high-performance processors as well as the flagship Intel Core i9 12900E, a 16-core 24-thread hybrid processor that offers eight Big or Performance cores with hyper-threading and eight low power Efficient cores that are more akin to low power computers and share many similarities to the Elkhart Lake Atom cores.

By using Intel's new Thread Director in Windows 11, Windows can assign challenging tasks to the larger Performance cores while pushing background functional tasks to Efficient cores enabling the system performance to be more focused on high-intensity workloads.

The system is expandable but remains compact, with support for up to three PCI-Express Gen4 cards, via 1x PCIe [x16], 1x PCIe [x8] and 2x PCIe [x4], which can be utilised in various configurations. Most beneficial to AI inference is the support for up to 250W GPUs, such as the NVIDIA 24GB RTX A5500 which offers 320 Tensor cores for accelerating machine learning applications.

Also offered are a wide range of I/O options, including six serial ports, six USB ports, 16-channel digital I/O, and five 2.5Gbps LAN interfaces, of which two support PoE. For extra comms expansion, there are two full-size mPCIe slots, one M.2 2280/3042/3052 B-key slot for 5G cellular support or additional storage, one M.2 2230 E-key for Wi-Fi and six breakouts for SMA antennas.

Also, the system operates across various temperatures ranging from -40C to +75C (35W CPU), with high shock and vibration resistance to provide reliable functionality even in the toughest environments.

The company can fully configure the system to the customer's precise specifications in their UK-based engineering facility with a selection of processor, memory, storage, peripheral cards, and operating system.

By Seb Springall