Edge hardware roundup: XCO R&D funding, Orolia’s timing, MaxLinear for IoT, Vecow’s Nvidia systems

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Edge hardware roundup:  XCO R&D funding, Orolia’s timing, MaxLinear for IoT, Vecow’s Nvidia systems

XCO Tech Inc. (XCO) last month announced it is receiving advisory services and funding of up to $1M from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) over three years to advance research and development of embedded AI-based technologies for chronic disease assessment and monitoring. The use of funds includes support of XCO’s role as the Canadian lead in the INNO4HEALTH multinational consortium led by Philips (Netherlands) and coordinated by ITEA3.

The INNO4HEALTH consortium is a $21M project consisting of 37 companies with the common mission of stimulating innovation and the adoption of novel remote monitoring technologies worldwide. XCO will be providing its suite of real-time biometric, cognition, and movement assessment technologies and will work alongside its consortium partners to develop new insights into chronic diseases using artificial intelligence (AI).

Partial use of the proceeds will be used to complete a Virtual Care Patch that is being marketed and sold by the company’s joint venture. The device will provide continuous health monitoring of chronic diseases by measuring vital signs, cognition, and motion as well as leverage unique edge computing AI to deliver novel insights for chronic disease management and early detection of health-threatening events. The solution will be integrated into XCO’s comprehensive BioAnalytics platform consisting of linkages to healthcare data systems including virtual care, electronic health records, and bioinformatics.

Orolia unveils EdgeSync

Orolia, a Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions provider, recently introduced EdgeSync, a new cost-effective network timing platform that provides Network Time Protocol (NTP) and Precision Time Protocol (PTP) Grandmaster and Boundary Clock functionality for real-time edge applications.

High performance, scalability, ease of use and manageability make EdgeSync particularly well-suited for a wide range of applications, including data centers, finance, mobile edge computing, enterprise, smart grid, industrial IoT, process control or telecommunications.

MaxLinear interface bridges

MaxLinear’s interface bridges and multi-protocol transceivers are used in UTEK serial port expansion devices and interface converters for Industrial IoT applications, according to a company announcement.

Modern Industrial systems leverage the power of the cloud, AI, and edge computing to make real-time decisions that improve performance and reliability. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connects digital and physical machines together to create responsive, interconnected systems. As the number of connected IoT devices is expected to grow to well over 100 billion units in 2030, the ability to connect systems together is more challenging than ever. MaxLinear’s bridge and transceiver solutions provide designers the architectural flexibility needed to build these highly interconnected systems.

UTEK is a global leader of IIoT interconnect products that expand the data collection capabilities of edge devices. MaxLinear’s USB bridges (XR21B14xx and XR21V14xx) are the smallest in the world, allowing UTEK to create thin, yet robust, interface conversion cables. MaxLinear is the leading supplier of PCIe bridges in the market and these XR17V35x UARTs provide the widest serial port expansion capabilities in the industry. Additionally, MaxLinear is the leading supplier globally for multi-protocol transceivers, which are used across a variety of UTEK’s interconnect platforms.

The unique needs of Industrial IoT applications weighed heavily in the design of MaxLinear’s bridges and multi-protocol transceivers. The USB UART and USB Ethernet (XR2280x) bridges offer the industry’s most robust integrated system-level ESD protection of up to ±15kV. USB and PCIe bridges both offer the highest I/O expansion in their respective product categories with PCIe bridges offering up to 16 independent GPIOs and 8 serial ports per device. As an industry leader in multi-protocol transceivers, MaxLinear offers the largest portfolio of devices, which includes products offering up to 10 different protocols in a single chip.

Vecow fanless embedded system

Vecow recently announced the latest Fanless Embedded System EAC-2000 Series. Powered by NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX module, Vecow EAC-2000 Series delivers great power efficiency in a small form factor. With support for operating temperature from -25°C to 70° C, 9V to 50V wide range DC-in, along with GMSL technology linked with Fakra-Z connectors, EAC-2000 Series brings small size and easy deployment of AI vision and industrial applications including Traffic Vision, Intelligent Surveillance, Auto Optical Inspection, Smart Factory, AMR/AGV, and any AIoT/Industry 4.0 applications.

Vecow EAC-2000 is based on the new NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX module that provides more than 10x the performance of its widely adopted predecessor, NVIDIA Jetson TX2. Featuring 4 GMSL automotive cameras via rugged FAKRA-Z connectors, the EAC-2000 is well suited for industrial and outdoor environments. The EAC-2000 is further equipped with 4 GigE LAN including 2 PoE+ to simplify cable installations and deployments, 6 antennas to enable seamless connectivity, and 1 CANBus to offer faster and robust communication between vehicles.

Powered by NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX module, Vecow EAC-2000 Series delivers up to 21 TOPS AI performance with only 15W. With the support of GMSL camera via rugged Fakra-Z connectors, fanless -25°C to 70°C operation and 9V to 50V DC-in, the EAC-2000 Series is ideally suited for Traffic Vision, Intelligent Surveillance, Auto Optical Inspection, Smart Factory, AMR/AGV, and any AIoT/Industry 4.0 applications.

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