Supercomputer takes rugged AI data processing to new performance heights



Aitech, a trusted Recab supplier and leading provider of rugged board and system level solutions for military, aerospace and space applications, has expanded its GPGPU-based product offerings with the A179 Lightning, a rugged, fanless AI supercomputer that delivers more performance than any other rugged system on the market in a similar form factor.

With an ultra-compact footprint, roughly the size of a cell phone, the new SWaP-optimized A179 is powered by the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX platform based on the Volta GPU, which packs up to 384 CUDA cores and 48 Tensor cores. The incredibly high performance, low-power unit reaches 21 TOPS INT8 at a remarkable level of energy efficiency.

Adding to the applications already employing AI-based supercomputers, such as situation awareness systems, EW systems and drones, the new A179 helps bring this powerful computing to even more military applications, including smart soldier and man-portable systems, augmented reality and an even broader set of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles).

Dan Mor, Director, Video & GPGPU Product Line for Aitech, noted, “Rugged AI performance is the leading-edge advantage in military intelligence. Being able to use GPGPU-based systems in the harshest environments gives system engineers the ability to forge new ground in rugged embedded computing. Aitech is focused on delivering this exceptional technology to our military and defense customers to use in their applications worldwide.”

In addition to the 21 TOPS (Tera Operations Per Second, INT8) that the A179 Lightning provides, it offers 1050 GOPS/W INT8, the best available performance per watt as well as an H.264/H.265 hardware encoder/decoder.

Video capture is made easy with several input types that enables multiple video streams simultaneously. These include SDI (SD/HD), four FPD-Link™ III (to MIPI CSI) camera inputs and eight composite (NTSC/PAL) channels.

Standard I/O ports, such as Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 & 2.0, DVI/HDMI out, CANbus, UART Serial and a number for discretes, offer flexibility in data management. The system also accommodates up to two optional expansion modules (via factory configuration), such as additional I/O expansion modules or an optional NVMe SSD. The system allows for a removable Micro SD card and features 8 GB of LPDDR4x.

For more information and to download technical specifications, visit the product page or speak to a member of the Recab UK team on +44 (0)1634 300 900 to discuss how the A179 Lightning can support your embedded defence computing applications.