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Aitech Defense Systems Supercomputer

November 12, 2018 | By MRO Magazine

Aitech Defense Systems Inc. unveils industrial version of the GPGPU RediBuilt supercomputer. Based on the NVIDIA Jetson TX2 System-on-Module (SoM), the new A177 Twister uses CUDA and deep learning acceleration capabilities to handle complex computational requirements needed in embedded systems that are managing multiple data and video streams.

The new small form factor (SFF) supercomputer employs 256 CUDA cores to reach more than 1 TFLOPS, while consuming only 17 Watts of power and weighing less than 2.2 lbs. Designed to bring local processing in closer proximity with a system’s sensors, the new compact supercomputer is ideal for a number of robotics, automation and optical inspection systems in industrial facilities as well as for autonomous aircraft and ground environments.

The IP67-rated and fanless high performance embedded computer (HPEC) can also be used in rugged and remote outdoor environments. These include security and surveillance systems, mining and excavating operations as well as in complex marine and boating applications, such as weather condition analysis and navigation, and agricultural machinery.

“The amount of data and graphics industrial applications are processing is on par with that found in military environments,” said Dan Mor, GPGPU and HPEC Product Line Manager, Aitech Systems. “Calculation power, size-to-weight ratio and heat dissipation are just as critical, so we’ve made our rugged GPGPU technology available for a wider range of applications, beyond just aerospace and defense.”


Measuring 149 x 147 x 63 mm, A177 Twister is a low-cost, low-power, SWaP-optimized (size, weight and power) supercomputer that offers video capture, processing and overlay capabilities for a number of industrial environments.

Multiple I/O options provide design flexibility for capturing and processing several different types and streams of video and data. I/O includes Gigabit Ethernet, UART serial, USB 2.0 and 3.0 as well as HDMI output, composite inputs, HD-SDI inputs and WiFi and Bluetooth. The A177 provides simultaneous capture of all eight RS-170A (NTSC/PAL) composite video channels at full frame rates.


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