Industrial-grade Box-PC expedites AI deployment

Industrial-grade Box-PC expedites AI deployment

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Advantech has released the EPC-R7200, an NVIDIA Jetson-compatible industrial-grade Box-PC. EPC-R7200 meets demands created by the rising adoption of NVIDIA Jetson platform edge AI devices via an ultra-compact form factor of 152- × 137- × 42-mm. This Box-PC is designed for AI developers that use NVIDIA Jetson family modules, including Jetson Xavier™ NX, Jetson™ TX2 NX and Jetson Nano™. These features make EPC-R7200 an excellent choice edge AI applications in diverse industries.

The Advantech EPC-R7200 industrial-grade Box PC is equipped with a carrier board that is fully compatible with the three types of Jetson modules in terms of form-factor and pin configuration. Designed to serve as a complete industrial-grade system, its high-quality aluminum housing with improved heat dissipation and ESD protection provides state of the art security and protection. Moreover, the EPC-R7200 offers thermal options that accommodate modular and module-specific heat spreaders

NVIDIA Jetson modules operate with the NVIDIA JetPack™ SDK. JetPack™ comprises the Jetson Linux Driver Package (L4T) with Ubuntu Linux operating system and CUDA-X. Both serve to accelerate AI development. The EPC-R7200 is completely compatible with NVIDIA SDK and enables AI. It also enables AI developers to automatically actuate I/Os without further driver installation or function configuration setup. The EPC-R7200 supports wide operating temperatures of -40 ~ 85 ºC, power input of 9 to 24 VDC, and high vibration tolerance of 3.0 Grms). Likewise, it transforms Jetson family modules into an edge AI system. This in turn helps users produce field-side prototypes while significantly reducing the development time and resources required for system integration and verification.

Edge AI applications — including image inference — require premium camera inputs. Accordingly, EPC-R7200 provides 2 x 2-lane MIPI-CSI2 camera inputs for intelligent vision-based systems. It also features1 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).

Leveraging a UIO40-Express mechanical design, the EPC-R7200’s carrier board uses application-oriented I/O expansion boards to increase capacity. It enables developers to select I/O extension boards like M.2 2280 Key M slots for extra storage via 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, Advantech’s AIM-Linux software service provides UIO40-Express peripheral drivers for NVIDIA JetPack SDK 4.5.1. This enables UIO40-Express functions without additional integration effort.

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