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The Power of Rugged GPGPU Now Available in Low-Cost Industrial, SWaP-optimized SFF

Parallel processing capabilities encased in Aitech’s ultra-small form factor A177 Twister

Technical Highlights:

  • NVIDIA® Jetson™ TX2-based, low-power supercomputer with parallel processing architecture
  • Low cost, rugged and ultra-compact for heavy industrial and outdoor use
  • Multiple I/O options for design flexibility and easy technology insertion

Chatsworth, Calif. October 2018 – Aitech Defense Systems Inc. has released an industrial version of its powerful, ultra-compact rugged GPGPU RediBuilt supercomputer.  Based on the powerful NVIDIA® Jetson™ TX2 System-on-Module (SoM), the new A177 Twister uses CUDA and deep learning acceleration capabilities to easily handle the complex computational requirements needed in embedded systems that are managing multiple data and video streams.

The new small form factor (SFF) supercomputer employs 256 CUDA cores to reach more than 1 TFLOPS, while consuming only 17 Watts of power and weighing less than 2.2 lbs.

Designed to bring local processing in closer proximity with a system’s sensors, the new compact supercomputer is ideal for a number of robotics, automation and optical inspection systems in industrial facilities as well as for autonomous aircraft and ground environments.

The IP67-rated and fanless high performance embedded computer (HPEC) can also be used in rugged and remote outdoor environments. These include security and surveillance systems, mining and excavating operations as well as in complex marine and boating applications, such as weather condition analysis and navigation, and agricultural machinery.

Dan Mor, GPGPU and HPEC product line manager at Aitech Systems, commented, “The amount of data and graphics industrial applications are processing is on par with that found in military environments. Calculation power, size-to-weight ratio and heat dissipation are just as critical, so we’ve made our rugged GPGPU technology available for a wider range of applications, beyond just aerospace and defense.”

Measuring just 5.9 x 5.8 x 2.5 in. (149 x 147 x 63 mm), the new A177 Twister is a low-cost, low-power, SWaP-optimized (size, weight and power) supercomputer that offers unparalleled video capture, processing and overlay capabilities for a number of industrial environments.

Multiple I/O options provide design flexibility for capturing and processing several different types and streams of video and data.  I/O includes Gigabit Ethernet, UART serial, USB 2.0 and 3.0 as well as HDMI output, composite inputs, HD-SDI inputs and WiFi and Bluetooth. The A177 provides simultaneous capture of all eight RS-170A (NTSC/PAL) composite video channels at full frame rates.

Based on Aitech’s military-grade A176, the industrial A177 SFF system incorporates a removable Secure Digital (SD) disk with quick erase and secure erase.  System resources include dynamic voltage and frequency scaling, temperature sensors and an elapsed time recorder in addition to a multi-standard video/jpeg decoder/encoder with hardware encoding for H.264/H.265.

For more information please call 888-Aitech-8 (888-248-3248), visit or e-mail

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Established in 1983, Aitech offers military and space-qualified, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded computing products for rugged defense, aerospace and astronautics (space) applications as well as provides radiation tolerant and full MIL-SPEC solutions.

The company provides a wide array of high-speed, fabric-based boards and sub-systems using industry-standard, open architectures (VMEbus, VPX and CompactPCI) as well as GPGPU, video/graphics and mass memory boards, Ethernet switches and enclosures. The company offers complete subsystem integration along with logistics, configuration control, component obsolescence mitigation and earned-value management services.

In the early 1980s, Aitech pioneered the development of true conduction-cooled military VMEbus products for use in mainstream defense and aerospace applications. Since then, the company has utilized its broad base of off-the-shelf products and technologies to develop customer-specific solutions, deliver superior cost-performance and reliability, and expedite time to market.

Applications for its products range from mission processors, targeting and fire control, platform stabilization, mission control and autonomous robotic subsystems for ground vehicles to surface and subsurface naval platforms, tactical and strategic fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft and low- to high-earth orbit and deep space vehicles.

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