SOSA-aligned embedded computing board for artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning offered by Aitech

Sept. 14, 2023
Applications include unmanned vehicles; cockpit, display, and mission computers; digital signal processing; SIGINT; and electronic warfare (EW).

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – Aitech Systems in Chatsworth, Calif., is introducing the SOSA-aligned U-C8500 3U VPX single-board computer has passed environmental qualification testing for high-reliability rugged applications.

Aligned with The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) technical standard, Aitech's U-C8500 is based on the Intel Tiger Lake UP3(TGL-UP3) system on chip, which combines a high-performing microprocessor with a strong internal graphics processing unit and an advanced image processing unit.

The embedded computing board also incorporates LPDDR4X integrated memory for improved graphics processing performance as well as high-speed PCI Express Gen4 and 10-gigabit-per-second Ethernet.

The combination of the U-C8500's high-performing technologies facilitates artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in rugged military and aerospace data-sensitive applications.

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Designed with security in mind, the U-C8500 provides a cyber security framework -- AiSecure, which includes standard and advanced system protection. The inherent security features enable firmware and data protection and prevent reverse engineering and tampering, while allowing secure transmission and storage of sensitive data.

Now that the U-C8500 has received environmental qualification approval, the computer board can go into harsh military and aerospace applications. These environments include unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned ground vehicles (UAV/UGV); cockpit, display, and mission computers; digital signal and image processing; signals intelligence (SIGINT); and electronic warfare (EW).

The U-C8500 is part of Aitech's U-C850X series that combines the three pillars of modern data processing on the same board: microprocessor, iGPU and optional large FPGA. Potential future enhanced variants include the U-C8501 (with PCI Express Switch for enhanced Expansion Plane and XMC connectivity), the U-C8502 (with integrated Xilinx MPSoC FPGA) and the U-C8503 (with integrated TSN Endpoint).

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