Robot controller improves on autonomous mobile robots, says Aaeon

As the first robot controller with hardware integrated time synchronisation capabilities, the RBX-I2000 robot controller is Aaeon’s first autonomous robot controller, claimed to deliver a “substantial improvement on existing outdoor autonomous mobile robot technology”.

The mechanism is the 11th Generation Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Celeron processor SoC, which has four cores and eight threads for accurate algorithmic processing. This equips the RBX-I2000 with sufficient power for hardware-based time synchronisation, which is channelled via an I/O featuring four 1PPS (pulse per second) and ToD (time of day) output ports to improve sensor fusion on two connectors.

For speed and positional accuracy, the RBX-1200 uses hardware integrated time synchronisation. The move from solely software-based time synchronisation reduces latency is reduced from the standard 100 to around 200 microseconds to approximately 20 nanoseconds, reported Aaeon. 

The four-channel sync ports offer connectivity options and facilitate multiple sensor synchronisation – each port supports two channels of 9600bits per second and 115200bits per second. 

The combination of T-BOX time synchronisation and built-in Xsens MTi-670 nine-axis IMU (inertial movement unit) support allows the RBX-I2000 to use Movella Xsens real time kinetic (RTK) positioning to produce centimetre level positional data.

Aaeon expects that the increase in processing speed and positional accuracy, will enable the RBX-I2000 to be used for smart agriculture and mining applications and expand the range of options available for intelligent automation and industry 4.0.

Established in 1992, Aaeon designs and manufactures industrial IoT and AI Edge solutions. Its computing portfolio includes industrial motherboards and systems, rugged tablets, embedded AI Edge systems, uCPE network appliances, and LoRaWAN / WWAN solutions.

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