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Embedded computer for vision-guided robot applications

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting


Addressing vision-guided robot (VGR) requirements for visual data collection, processing, and analysis, the Cincoze DS-1300 series embedded computer in the DIAMOND product line delivers extreme processing capabilities, dual PCI/PCIe expansion slots, and industrial-grade protections. Since its launch, it has been widely used in VGRs for material picking, product assembly, machine operation, welding, and stacking.

According to TrendForce research, the global smart manufacturing market will reach US$620 billion by 2026. Amongst the new technologies used in the burgeoning smart factory market, machine vision has proven a popular choice, enabling new technologies like vision-guided robots (VGRs) that make production lines more flexible, elastic, and efficient.

Extreme performance for image analysis

VGRs get images and data from cameras and sensors on the robot arm, which are then sent to an embedded computer for processing and judgment, which in turn provides feedback signals to allow the robot to move to the target position to perform identification and defect detection on workpieces of various shapes.

High-speed processing is key, and the DS-1300 series supports a 10th generation Intel® Xeon®/Core™ (Comet Lake-S) CPU (up to 10-core 80-W), up to 64GB of memory, and an M.2 NVMe slot that can satisfy the VGR requirements for visual data collection, processing, and analysis. The DS-1300 embedded computer supports up to two sets of PCI/PCIe expansion slots, enabling the connection of various commercially available high-speed I/O cards, image capture cards, motion cards, or GPU cards for image analysis or robot control. The patented Adjustable PCIe Card Retainer holds the expansion card securely in place, ensuring stable and reliable operation, even in a high-vibration environment.

Modular I/O

The DS-1300 series embedded computer has a rich selection of native high-speed I/O such as 2× GbE LAN, 6× USB3.2, and more, that connect to the cameras and sensors required by the VGR for high-speed high-resolution data transmission. Cincoze exclusive modules provide further I/O or function expansion options, such as GbE LAN, 10GbE LAN, DIO, COM, USB 3.2, or PoE. The built-in Mini PCIe expansion slot can be used with commercially available Wi-Fi/4G/GPS modules for wireless communication and upload of production information to the central control center in real-time.

Rugged and industrial certification

VGRs are used in the harsh and complex environment of industrial manufacturing sites. All DS-1300 models are designed to withstand shock and vibration, meeting the industry-leading US military equipment inspection standard (MIL-STD-810G), and maintaining the rugged design of the DIAMOND series, with protection mechanisms such as wide temperature (-40–70°C) and wide voltage (9–48 VDC) support, and overvoltage, overcurrent, and ESD protection. Regardless of the working environment temperature, the DS-1300 series embedded computer can operate uninterrupted for a long time, providing the most stable and reliable performance for VGR edge computing.
 
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