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Carrier board solution to deliver AI at the edge

30th January 2020
Alex Lynn

Diamond Systems has introduced STEVIE, a carrier board solution built to deliver AI at the edge high performance computing based on NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier modules. Packed with I/O and expandability, STEVIE targets a range of AI, machine learning, image processing and other compute-intensive tasks. 

The STEVIE carrier board solution offers a combination of latching and commercial connectors for flexibility and convenience. The front edge features industry-standard connectors for dual Ethernet, dual USB, HDMI, and power input. This enables the creation of a low-cost quick-assembly box-level product. Additional I/O, including a second HDMI port, dual CAN ports, serial ports, and additional USB ports, is available on a series of latching connectors for applications requiring greater functionality. 

Expansion sockets include M.2 2280 flashdisk, PCIe minicard, and a camera module connector that enables interfacing to a range of embedded high-resolution cameras designed for the Jetson ecosystem. The carrier board solution measures 92x105mm, just slightly larger than the AGX Xavier module (87x100mm). This size enables Stevie to provide the maximum amount of I/O in the smallest size while supporting full-size 2280 M.2 flashdisk modules. 

STEVIE integrates a compact, cost-effective yet full-featured data acquisition circuit with analogue input, analogue output, and digital I/O to interface to the ‘real world’ of analogue and digital sensors and controls. A programming library provides support for rapid development of custom applications, while a ready-to-run application with graphical user interface provides convenient real-time control of the data acquisition I/O as well as data logging. 

STEVIE is the newest member of Diamond Systems’ family of solutions for delivering AI at the edge high performance computing carrier board solutions based on NVIDIA Jetson modules. The family currently includes four carrier boards, as well as a finished system housed in an ultra-compact enclosure and a low-cost enclosure for the NVIDIA Jetson Nano development kit. 

These solutions target a range of industrial and military applications, with a focus on harsh environments such as vehicles and other outdoor applications.

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