Edge computers to enhance AI vision and data servers

Edge computers to enhance AI vision and data servers

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Advantech as launched its ARK-7060 extreme high-performance edge computer, which brings server-class computing capabilities, flexible expansion, rich storage capacity, and high network bandwidth to the edge. The ARK-7060 is an extreme high-performance edge computer with multiple expansion slots and fast data transfer speeds that empower edge data servers, AOI visual inspection, and AI vision equipment applications. It is equipped with Intel® Xeon® D-1700 series processors up to 10 cores at 67-W and 4 x DDR4 SODIMM sockets that support up to 128 GB. ARK-7060 offers 2 x GbE, 4 x USB 3.0, 4 x COM ports for diverse device connections.

ARK-7060 provides expansion slots for PCI, PCIe x4, and PCIe x16. Its PCIe x16 slots can support graphic cards up to 350-W such as NVIDIA RTX Quadro A4500 and A5000. These high-end graphic cards require adequate power supply and at the same time may overheat as they try to complete intense tasks. The ARK-7060 system adopts advanced thermal designs to improve heat dispersion, and it also has a dedicated thermal kit for industrial fanless graphics cards. It has a built-in 850-W power supply, which makes it easy for equipment integration. ARK-7060 edge computer delivers high-performance computing and can be used with motion control cards, frame grabbers, and graphics cards, which is suitable for AI visual inspection and AI vision equipment.

As factories transform into smart manufacturing, the amount of data collected keeps increasing. In order to store and transfer a large amount of data, ARK-7060 supports up to 4 x 2.5-inch SATA III hard drive bays and delivers high data transfer rates via optional 10GbE ports and M.2 B-Key for 5G modules.

To enhance the security of ARK-7060, the system has dual BIOS for BIOS backup and recovery, lowering the risk of BIOS damage and protecting from potential viruses or data corruption. As for security of the OS, ARK-7060 supports TPM 2.0, and the system is bundled with McAfee for whitelisting technology and Acronis for data backup and recovery. These features enhance data security and protection and give users peace of mind when managing their data within ARK-7060. The ARK-7060 onboard BMC (baseboard management controller) provides IPMI 2.0 architecture for remote management, and this allows customers to realize both in-band and out-of-band control on ARK-7060. In addition, users can also remotely switch between the two BIOS through BMC. Also, ARK-7060 is bundled with WISE-DeviceOn remote management software by Advantech, thereby reducing maintenance costs and system downtime.


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