Axiomtek unveils ROBOX500 for heavy-duty autonomous vehicles

7th February 2024
Sheryl Miles

Axiomtek, a global pioneer devoted to the research, development, and manufacture of series of innovative and reliable industrial computer products of high efficiency, introduces the ROBOX500, a new ROS 2 AMR controller tailored for demanding precise navigation and control applications in heavy-duty industry.

The robotic control system is powered by the high-performance 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor (code name: Alder Lake P). It provides a 4-channel GMSL interface for low latency and a high-resolution camera for long distances. Optimised for supporting a diverse range of sensors, the ROBOX500 boasts comprehensive I/O connectivity with an M12 lockable design for secure and reliable connection.

The ROBOX500 ensures performance across temperatures ranging from –20°C to +70°C and can withstand vibration up to 5Grms to withstand challenging operating conditions. With unmatched computing capabilities, refined adaptability, and a robust design, the ROBOX500 stands as an optimal controller solution for heavy-duty autonomous vehicles such as driverless forklifts and autonomous road rollers.

“Axiomtek’s ROBOX500 is the first AMR controller in the X86 architecture with the GMSL interface on the market, providing a more stable and longer distance for image transmission, optimising the data processing, and ensuring the precision of working action. The rugged AMR controller boasts powerful Intel Iris Xe Graphics with 96 execution units, ideal for light AI inference. It also features an M.2 Key M 2242 slot for expanding AI capabilities with an optional AI module. From the mechanism, every detail on the ROBOX500 is designed for heavy-duty, including longer and thicker cooling fins, and M12-type lockable connectors. And the controller takes wide voltage input from 9 to 60 VDC,” said Cynric Chiu, a Product Manager of the TIoT Team at Axiomtek. “The ROBOX500 is future-proofed with its 4-channel GMSL interface, currently supporting the Intel RealSense D457 with ease. An 8-channel GMSL upgrade is on the horizon, unlocking the potential for connecting to eight cameras and taking the AMR vision capabilities to the next level.”

The ROBOX500 bundles with the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS OS environment. In addition, it supports the Axiomtek AMR Builder Package to foster fast time-to-market and considerable total cost of ownership. Leveraging Axiomtek's AMR Builder Package alongside DigiHub for AMR, sensor kits, and development support services, users can efficiently advance AMR development without being back to square one. The comprehensive software package includes ROS 2 nodes with docker images, a web-based management system, AprilTag and shape detection, precise positioning, and obstacle avoidance.

The ROBOX500 has two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots with up to 64GB of system memory. One M.2 Key M 2280 slot with a high-speed NVMe interface is available for extensive storage needs. For the benefit of low-latency data transmission and rich expansion, the ROBOX500 supports an M.2 Key E 2230 slot for a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module, an M.2 Key B 3052 slot for a 5G module, as well as one SIM slot. A variety of I/O options include two M12 X-code GbE LAN, four M12 A-code USB 3.2 Gen1/USB 2.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.1 Gen1 port, one DIO (16-CH DI/8-CH DO) with isolation, four 4-wire RS-232/RS-422/RS-485, one RJ45, two CAN 2.0 A/B with isolation, four GMSL camera interfaces, one HDMI 1.4b, one Mic-in, one Line-out, and four antenna openings.

Advanced Features of ROBOX500:

  • 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor (Alder Lake-P)
  • 4-channel GMSL camera
  • 4 RS-232/422/485 and 2 CAN 2.0A/B
  • Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/5G/LTE
  • Wide operating temperature from –20°C to +70°C
  • Wide voltage input from 9 to 60 VDC
  • M12 lockable connectors
  • Supports Ubuntu 22.04 LTS
  • Supports Axiomtek AMR Builder Package

The Axiomtek ROBOX500 and AMR Builder Package are now available.

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