What is Edge AI computing to industrial PC?
Industrial applications are transitioning from automation to autonomy, as data and analytics that were previously only available in traditional data centers or clouds are now available at the edge. However, why do industrial PC makers only offer a few edge AI platforms? Because deploying industrial PCs with AI into the field presents challenges.
Why integrate AI into Industrial PC?
Integrating AI into an industrial PC is like re-creating the human brain's learning and reasoning ability, but without the bias, weariness, or emotions. The integration brings intelligence to the table, which can boost efficiency, accuracy, and production.
What are the obstacles to AI integration in Industrial PCs?
When a GPU card, or graphics card, is added to an already compact and poorly ventilated embedded enclosure, the thermal, power delivery, and installation balance of the system is disrupted.
As a result, an industrial PC must be carefully designed so that its CPU/ GPU/ component heat dissipation, circuit board layout, bracket mechanisms, interference segregation/ isolation, and enclosure infrastructure can all work together to maintain 24/7 optimal system performance in a wide range of environmental conditions.
How can we overcome the difficulties of integrating AI into an Industrial PC?
Edge computers, like humans, are exposed to environmental elements such as changing/extreme temperatures, dust, fluids, humidity, salinity, and so on. And the acceptance of power distribution functions as a food source, which is required to keep numerous operations running.
As a result, an industrial PC's CPU/ GPU/ component heat dissipation, circuit board layout, bracket mechanisms, interference segregation/ isolation, and enclosure infrastructure must all work together to maintain 24/7 optimal system performance in a wide range of environments.
When the human body overheats, it dissipates the heat to maintain body temperature, and industrial PCs are no different. The lifetime, stability, and performance of an industrial PC are all dependent on well-designed and effective heat dissipation. Other elements, such as shock/vibration, impair the installation, and dust, moisture, and humidity can damage internal components if they leak through.
The capacity to take a wide range of DC inputs is critical to the system's functionality and deployment practicality. Accepting a wide range of DC inputs expands the system's deployment options by lowering the voltage specificity required to power it, making it more compatible and versatile in a variety of settings.
Which GPU is right for your Industrial PC?
You may now determine how intelligent you want your industrial PC to be by installing a GPU card that suits your demands, avoiding the impact of environmental conditions and power delivery. In terms of AI, integrating a GPU card enables AI learning and reasoning skills, while its TFLOPS (trillion floating-point operations per second) indicates its processing capability, which can range from single digits to several hundreds. But keep in mind that the more computing power you have, the more heat you'll emit. As a result, many performance grades of GPU cards are available, with power consumption ranging from 30W to 250W, and you can choose to install one or two, depending on your needs.
The addition of a GPU card enhances an industrial PC's AI capabilities, but also complicates the system's already difficult cooling, installation, and power delivery. Neousys Technology, as one of the first companies to integrate AI into industrial PCs, offers a comprehensive selection of field-tested industrial PCs with support for entry-level to powerful GPU cards to suit your deployment and application demands.
Edge AI GPU Industrial PCs
Neousys industrial edge AI computing systems deliver exceptional performance with true wide-temperature operation, ensuring that CPUs and GPUs do not thermal-throttle in extreme temperatures. Neousys GPU computing solutions are suitable for medical imaging, video analysis, deep learning machine vision, autonomous machines, and more, with an assortment of ruggedized embedded GPU solutions that utilize NVIDIA® consumer-grade, Tesla, and Quadro® graphics cards.
Industrial-grade Edge AI Platform Supporting NVIDIA® RTX 30 series GPU Card, Intel® Xeon® E and 9th/ 8th-Gen Core™ Processor, 8~48V wide-range DC Input and Built-in Ignition Control