Abaco on March 26th announced an R&D platform planned to save time and reduce the risk and expense of the development of autonomous platforms for the applications of the military on all, land, water and in the air called the Obox.
A completely rugged enclosure provides habitat to the combinations specified for customers. The combination is of 3U VPX single board Abaco computers, the FPGA/DSP subsystems and the AI/GPGPU-enabled platforms that can deliver up to fourteen TeraFLOPS of computing power, further combined with fast network switches together with high-speed network switches. The Obox is flexible and scalable and is particularly designed to store the input from sensors. The Obox assists with the complete range of autonomous operations such as tracking, recognition, detection, fusion, perception, decision, planning and affecting.
“We created the Obox to give customers the optimum head-start in developing autonomous platforms by providing a turnkey solution – pre-integrating the hardware and software on which to build – enabling them to focus faster on the specifics of the planned application rather than on the low-level platform,” said the Vice President of Abaco, Mr. Peter Thompson. “By leveraging our expertise in hardware/software integration, customers will save time and money, minimize program risk and enable faster time-to-market and deployment.”
At the node and ground layers, software integration allows the users, the profit of pre-consolidating image processing and some neural network algorithms that are widely utilized in machine learning for the applications of autonomous vehicles.
The 2 ‘accelerator’ processors are used to support its capacity of running very high-performance inference engines that are neural network-based in order to perform functions like object detection and the image segmentation of many video image streams and the Lidar point clouds.