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AI rugged computer for agriculture and construction machinery

Syslogic’s AI (artificial intelligence) rugged computer RPC RSL A3 E2 is based on an Nvidia Jetson AGX Xavier Industrial module and meets protection classes IP67 and IP69. It comes with two isolated CAN interfaces and is CAN FD capable. J1939 and Isobus are supported.

The RPC RSL A3 has CAN (FD) interfaces, supports J1939, and can be integrated into Isobus networks (Source: Syslogic)

Syslogic develops and manufactures AI-assisted embedded systems. The company’s rugged PCs are used in agricultural robots, agricultural and construction machinery, and in special vehicles. Nvidia Jetson is an AI-at-the-edge computing platform. According to the company, developers across industries are using Nvidia Jetson developer kits as the base for their AI applications in areas like sensor fusion or inferencing. However, series production in agricultural technology or in construction machinery requires robust hardware that is qualified for these types of applications, said Syslogic.

Heavy-duty machinery for dust, wetness, shock, and vibration

Due to its electronics design, aluminum housing, and M12 connectors, the AI rugged computer RPC RSL A3 E2 meets the IP67 and IP69 protection classes. That means it is waterproof and dustproof. The product does not have any moving parts and is shock and vibration resistant. This makes it suitable for operation in temperature ranges from –40 °C to +70 °C. Furthermore, a Gore vent element ensures pressure equalization inside the device and thus prevents dew formation during rapid temperature fluctuations, said the company. The device has been tested to ISO 15003:2006, meeting the requirements for use in agricultural vehicles and machinery.

The PC was designed for autonomous machines and vehicles. The embedded computer can handle tasks such as object recognition, environmental perception, or control of autonomous machines and vehicles. It is able to process and evaluate data from multiple sensors simultaneously and practically in real time.

Serial interfaces and digital I/Os

The latest version of the device, has been fundamentally redesigned and offers additional serial interfaces compared to its predecessor. Instead of TTL level GPIO, Syslogic uses digital I/O. They are suitable for an input voltage of 12 V or 24 V, are electrically isolated, and are protected against overload. This makes the interfaces suitable for field applications on mobile systems. Another added feature is the additional mPCIE slot for connecting expansion boards. Among other things, the computer can be equipped with a GNSS module that supports heading. Heading is used to determine the rotation angle of a vehicle or machine. As before, the RPC RSL A3 has CAN and Ethernet interfaces, supports J1939, and can be integrated into Isobus networks. The product comes with two isolated (M12 a-coded) CAN interfaces (11-bit base frame format and 29-bit extended frame format) and supports CAN FD.

Florian Egger, Head of Sales at Syslogic, said: “The new computer provides the hardware base to combine robotics and sensor technology. Syslogic is thus paving the way for new AI applications in the fields of agricultural technology and construction machinery”. A version based on the RSL A3 is about to be launched with up to eight GMSL2 camera inputs combined with four PoE inputs.


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