Edge computer will drive robotic innovation, says Aaeon

The UP Element i12 Edge computer combines precision engineering with Intel technology to a new era in industrial robotics, said Aaeon. The computer has target applications in the autonomous mobile robot (AMR) and industrial automation markets. 

The computer uses the 12th Generation Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processor platforms with industrial-grade engineering to harness up to 10 cores and 12 threads, Intel Iris Xe graphics and a selection of peripheral technologies in a rugged, flexible edge system.

It has three USB 3.2 and two USB 2.0 ports for multiple 3D cameras and sensors and a dual COM port pin header for RS-232 / 422 / 485 connectivity. It is equipped with enhanced object detection capabilities and accurate positional data via lidar and inertial measurement unit (IMU) connections. 

The UP Element i12 Edge, unlike many options in the current AMR landscape, is an industrial-grade computer with enhanced shock and vibration resistance, said Aaeon, and therefore suitable for outdoor use. It also has optional I/O cable locks, shock absorbers and a phoenix connector to ease deployment. 

The integration of the Intel NUC 12 Compute Element, features Wi-Fi / Bluetooth, 12th Generation Intel Core processors and up to 32Gbyte LPDDR5 system memory.

It is estimated that the attributes offered by the Intel NUC 12 Compute Element will reduce lead time for the UP Element i12 Edge by 50 per cent, giving the development community a more advanced, streamlined route to deploying AMR and industrial automation solutions for both indoor and outdoor settings.

Established in 1992, Aaeon designs and manufactures industrial IoT and AI edge solutions. The company provides industrial motherboards and systems, rugged tablets, embedded AI Edge systems, uCPE network appliances and LoRaWAN / WWAN solutions. 

Aaeon provides experience and knowledge to provide OEM / ODM services worldwide. Aaeon also works closely with cities and governments to develop and deploy smart city ecosystems and works closely with premier chip designers to deliver stable, reliable platforms. The company is recognised as a Titanium member of the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance. 


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