Artificial Intelligence

Embedded PC delivers AI horsepower

17th September 2021
Mick Elliott

Targeting AIoT for railway and rolling stock applications, Impulse Embedded is stocking the RC300-CS, a Fanless Rugged Embedded PC System, featuring MXM GPU.

AI is becoming more and more prevalent in industrial applications due to its ability to work 24/7 improving operational processes, reducing overheads, and increasing workplace safety. The Railway industry has also begun to adopt AI for autonomous driving and driver assistance, intrusion detection, predictive maintenance, crowd management and other surveillance or security applications.

The RC300-CS uses an Intel 9th generation desktop Core i7-9700TE processor and can be equipped with an Nvidia GeForce / Quadro MXM adapter.

This adapter allows installation of some of the latest MXM graphics modules such as the RTX 2080 and Quadro RTX5000, offering powerful inference capabilities right at the Edge.

The Core i7-9700TE is a 35W TDP octa-core processor with no hyperthreading and a 3.80GHz max turbo boost, supporting 64GB of DDR4 2666 via two SO-DIMM slots. For storage, there is an M.2 2280 M-key and four swappable 2.5-inch 7mm SSD storage bays with external access and locks.

The RC300-CS boasts many I/O and expansion features.

There are 3 SIM slots, one half-size mini PCIe for Wi-Fi BT modules, two full-size mini PCIe with PCIe and USB signals, and an M.2 3042/3052 B-key for 5G cellular expansion. 

With seven antenna breakouts around the box, you can set up multiple cellular connections for redundancy.

In addition to the wireless expansion options, there are four serial ports, 8-bit isolated digital inputs, 8-bit isolated digital outputs, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and four USB3.0 ports.

This industrial PC has been certified to meet the various EU standards for use in railway and rolling stock applications.

These certifications include EN50155 for electronics, EN45545 for fire, and EN61373 for shocks and vibrations, equipping the RC300-CS with the means to withstand the varied and harsh operational conditions that are commonplace in railway applications.

Impulse can help customers design and configure the RC300-CS with the required memory, peripherals, storage and operating system in their UK-based engineering facility.

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