Ark-7060 edge computer enhances AI vision and data servers

Advantech has launched the ARK-7060 high performance edge computer, which brings server-class computing capabilities, flexible expansion, rich storage capacity, and high network bandwidth to the edge, said the company. The edge computer has multiple expansion slots and fast data transfer speeds for edge data servers, AOI (automated optical inspection) and AI vision equipment applications. It is equipped with Intel Xeon D-1700 series processors (up to 10 cores at 67W) and four DDR4 SODIMM sockets that support up to 128Gbyte. There are also two GbE, four USB 3.0 and four COM ports for diverse device connections. 

Expansion slots are for PCI, PCIe x4, and PCIe x16. The PCIe x16 slots can support graphic cards up to 350W such as Nvidia RTX Quadro A4500 and A5000. To provide adequate power without overheating, the ARK-7060 system adopts advanced thermal designs to improve heat dispersion, It also has a dedicated thermal kit for industrial fanless graphics cards. A built-in 850W power supply makes it easy for equipment integration, added Advantech. 

The ARK-7060 can be used with motion control cards, frame grabbers, and graphics cards, for AI visual inspection and AI vision equipment.

It also supports up to four 2.5 inch SATA III hard drive bays and delivers high data transfer rates via optional 10GbE ports and M.2 B-Key for 5G modules. 

To enhance security there are dual BIOS for BIOS backup and recovery, lowering the risk of BIOS damage and potential viruses or data corruption. For OS security, ARK-7060 supports TPM 2.0, and the system is bundled with McAfee for whitelisting technology and Acronis for data backup and recovery. 

The ARK-7060 onboard  baseboard management controller provides IPMI 2.0 architecture for remote management. It also allows customers to realise both in-band and out-of-band control. In addition, users can remotely switch between the two BIOS through the baseboard management contorller. 

ARK-7060 is bundled with WISE-DeviceOn remote management software which Advantech claimed reduces maintenance costs and system downtime.

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