Radiation-tolerant GPGPU-based embedded computing system for space applications introduced by Aitech

Sept. 14, 2021
COTS system is validated for short-duration and NEO/LEO environments based on the radiation-tolerant needs of space components and systems.

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – Aitech Systems in Chatsworth, Calif., is introducing the S-A1760 Venus powerful and small radiation-tolerant general-purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU) for artificial intelligence (AI) applications in space.

The small form factor (SFF) system is rated for space flight and small satellite constellations in near-Earth orbit (NEO) and low-Earth orbit (LEO) applications.

The COTS-based system is validated for use in short-duration and NEO/LEO environments through the series 300 level qualification standard that identifies the radiation-tolerant needs of space components and systems not used in deep space or long-haul applications.

Based on Aitech's A176 Cyclone GPGPU, the S-A1760 Venus also uses the NVIDIA Jetson TX2i system-on-module (SoM) that features the Pascal architecture with 256 CUDA cores to achieve processing power of one trillion floating point operations per second (TFLOPS).

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This rugged, space-rated system is for high performance, small footprint environments. It is an advanced solution for on-board edge computing such as AI, deep learning, video, and signal processing for the next generation of short-duration spaceflight, NEO, and LEO satellites applications.

The embedded computing system includes Gigabit Ethernet, UART Serial, USB 2.0, CANbus, and discretes as well as DVI/HDMI output. Video capture includes an HD-SDI input with a dedicated H.264 encoder and eight RS-170A (NTSC)/PAL composite channels available simultaneously.

The S-A1760 Venus meets MIL-STD-810H requirements for bench handling and conforms to VITA 47 for shock and vibration. For more information contact Aitech on line at https://aitechsystems.com.

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