Taiwan-based Cincoze Co., Ltd. introduces the DS-1300 Series embedded computer for vision-guided robots (VGRs). The new embedded computer is under the Cincoze Rugged Computing – DIAMOND product line.
According to TrendForce research, the global smart manufacturing market will reach US$620 billion by 2026. Among the new technologies used in the burgeoning smart factory market, machine vision is a popular choice. It enables new technologies like VGRs make production lines more flexible, elastic, and efficient.
The DS-1300 Series is the recommended option for VGRs. Specifically, the DS-1300 is a workstation-performance and PCIe-expandable embedded computer with extreme processing capabilities. It embeds dual PCI/PCIe expansion slots and has industrial-grade protections. Since its launch, it is being widely used in VGRs for material picking, product assembly, machine operation, welding, and stacking.
Extreme Performance and PCI/PCIe Expansion
VGRs get images and data from cameras and sensors on the robot arm to the embedded computer for processing and judgment. Then, they provide feedback signals to allow the robot to move to the target position to perform identification and defect detection on workpieces of various shapes. In this process, high-speed processing is key.
In particular, the DS-1300 series supports 10th generation Intel® Xeon®/Core™ (Comet Lake-S) CPU (up to 10-core 80W), up to 64GB of memory, and an M.2 NVMe slot that can satisfy the VGR requirements for visual data collection, processing, and analysis.
Moreover, it supports up to two sets of PCI/PCIe expansion slots. This design connects various commercially available high-speed I/O cards, image capture cards, motion cards, or GPU cards for image analysis or robot control. Also, the patented Adjustable PCIe Card Retainer holds the expansion card securely in place. Thus, it ensures stable and reliable operation, even in a high-vibration environment.
Modular I/O Makes Data Recording and Transmission More Convenient
The DS-1300 series has a rich selection of native high-speed I/O. Among them are 2× GbE LAN and 6× USB3.2. They connect to the cameras and sensors required by the VGR for high-speed high-resolution data transmission. Cincoze’s exclusive modules provide further I/O or function expansion options, such as GbE LAN, 10GbE LAN, DIO, COM, USB 3.2, or PoE. The built-in Mini PCIe expansion slot is used with commercially available Wi-Fi/4G/GPS modules for wireless communication and upload of production information to the central control center in real time.
Rugged & Industrial Certification
Moreover, VGRs are used in the harsh and complex environment of industrial manufacturing sites. Thus, all DS-1300 models are designed to withstand shock and vibration. They meet the industry-leading U.S. military equipment inspection standard (MIL-STD-810G). Also, they maintain the rugged design of the DIAMOND series, with protection mechanisms such as wide temperature (-40 to 70°C) and wide voltage (9 to 48VDC) support, and overvoltage, overcurrent, and ESD protection. Regardless of the working environment temperature, the DS-1300 series operates uninterrupted for a long time, providing the most stable and reliable performance for VGR edge computing.