e-con Systems partners with Ambarella for industrial AMR and outdoor robots

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e-con Systems, a specialist in embedded vision solutions, and Ambarella, an edge AI semiconductor company, have announced that they are partnering and have launched the e-con Robotics Computing Platform (eRCP).

Based on Ambarella's CV72S edge AI system on chip (SoC), the platform is specifically designed to meet the requirements of the robotics industry.

In the robotics market, both speed of prototyping and performance are seen as critical, and this new eRCP takes advantage of Ambarella’s developer-friendly Cooper Developer Platform while at the same time offering cutting-edge vision and AI performance per watt, enabling OEMs and ODMs to accelerate their time to market.

"Through the fusion of e-con Systems' cutting-edge camera portfolio, which boasts innovations like GMSL, FPD Link III, 4K resolution, high frame rates, HDR, global shutters, Time of Flight (ToF), LFM, IP67, and IP69K ratings, with Ambarella’s expertise in processing platforms and cutting-edge algorithms, e-con is able to address customer challenges in robotics applications while pioneering the future of comprehensive vision solutions," said Ashok Babu, CEO at e-con Systems.

At the heart of the eRCP, e-con’s Ambarella CV72-based SoM includes the processor sub-system, power management integrated circuits (PMICs), double data rate (DDR) memory, storage and relevant interface connectors for the carrier board.

The eRCP itself is a fully functional autonomous moving robot equipped with sophisticated interfaces, including an array of sensors, multiple RGB cameras, 2D Lidar, IMU, Ultrasonic, ToF depth camera and motor control interfaces.

The platform provides versatile building blocks needed for innovation in the robotics market, enabling customers to develop tailor-made robotics applications. e-con Systems is also offering support and design services to help OEMs get to market quickly based on this new platform.

With the Robot Operating System 2 (ROS2) stack and Ambarella’s Cooper Developer Platform, the eRCP delivers a customisable platform featuring a modern modular architecture and an extensive array of peripherals.

In addition to these developments, e-con Systems is planning to provide a complete AI vision kit based on Ambarella’s SoCs for various other applications in the near future; including access control, commercial sectors, security, video conferencing and healthcare.

This partnership will also provide customers with state-of-the-art technology across diverse markets, including AMR, warehouse robots, pick-and-place robots and industrial automation.