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Rugged AI data processing hits new performance heights with Aitech’sA179 ultra-SFF supercomputer

Aitech, a leading provider of rugged board and system level solutions for military, aerospace and space applications, has expanded its GPGPU-based product offerings with the A179 Lightning, a rugged, fan-less AI supercomputer that delivers more performance than any other rugged system on the market in a similar form factor.

With an ultra-compact footprint, roughly the size of a cell phone, the new SWaP-optimized A179 is powered by the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX platform based on the Volta GPU, which packs up to 384 CUDA cores and 48 Tensor cores. The incredibly high performance, low-power unit reaches 21 TOPS INT8 at a remarkable level of energy efficiency.

Adding to the applications already employing AI-based supercomputers, such as situation awareness systems, EW systems and drones, the new A179 helps bring this powerful computing to even more military applications, including smart soldier and man-portable systems, augmented reality and an even broader set of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles).

Dan Mor, Director, Video & GPGPU Product Line for Aitech, noted, “Rugged AI performance is the leading-edge advantage in military intelligence. Being able to use GPGPU-based systems in the harshest environments gives system engineers the ability to forge new ground in rugged embedded computing. Aitech is focused on delivering this exceptional technology to our military and defense customers to use in their applications worldwide.”


In addition to the 21 TOPS (Tera Operations Per Second, INT8) that the A179 Lightning provides, it offers 1050 GOPS/W INT8, the best available performance per watt as well as an H.264/H.265 hardware encoder/decoder.

Video capture is made easy with several input types that enables multiple video streams simultaneously. These include SDI (SD/HD), four FPD-Link™ III (to MIPI CSI) camera inputs and eight composite (NTSC/PAL) channels.

Standard I/O ports, such as Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 & 2.0, DVI/HDMI out, CANbus, UART Serial and a number for discretes, offer flexibility in data management. The system also accommodates up to two optional expansion modules (via factory configuration), such as additional I/O expansion modules or an optional NVMe SSD. The system allows for a removable Micro SD card and features 8 GB of LPDDR4x.