High-end edge AI and vision processing in ultra-low power envelope - Automation

High-end edge AI and vision processing in ultra-low power envelope

Oct 2, 2023 | Machine Vision, Machine Vision & Systems, Smart Factories & AI, Technology File

Congatec has launched its latest SMARC Module 2.1 Computer-on-Modules based on Texas Instruments Jacinto 7 TDA4x or DRA8x processors. These new industrial-grade Computer-on-Modules are ideal for high-performance AI edge applications with an ultra-low power (ULP) envelope featuring dual Arm Cortex-A72 processors, powerful AI accelerators, and 3D graphics. The conga-STDA4 modules consuming only 5 to 10 Watt, target industrial mobile machinery that requires 2d/3d camera, radar, and lidar based near-field analytics, such as automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), as well as applications in construction and agricultural machinery. They are also suitable for any vision-focused industrial automation or medical solutions that require powerful and energy-efficient AI processing at the edge.


The new SMARC modules come with two MIPI CSI camera inputs. The TDA4x processor based conga-STDA4 adds an Image Signal Processor (ISP), vision accelerators, and pre-trained AI models from the TI Model Zoo, allowing for a seamless start into AI-powered application development. Additionally, it includes a Robotic SDK for enhanced functionality. The DRA8x variants offer a cost-efficient option without vision processing accelerators. Designed to withstand harsh industrial environments, both high-throughput module variants support the extended temperature range from -40 °C to +85 °C, as well as Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN), and cybersecurity measures.


“By integrating the powerful Texas Instruments Jacinto 7 TDA4x and TI DRA8x processors in our high-performance SMARC Module 2.1 ecosystem, congatec simplifies the design-in process for this advanced Arm Cortex-A72 based SoC technology. This allows vision-based situational awareness designers in various embedded industries to focus on their core competencies, saving upfront costs and reducing time to market, especially for industrial quantity production”, explains Martin Danzer, Director of Product Management at congatec. Industrial OEMs, particularly those without time and financial resources for full custom designs, can benefit from the innovative SMARC high-performance ecosystem offered by congatec. It streamlines the design process while ensuring high design security and low non-recurring engineering (NRE) costs.

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