I had the pleasure of an impromptu chat with Toradex’s CEO (Samuel Imgrueth), COO (Stephan Dubach) and CMO (Daniel Lang) set against a gorgeous locale close to the Toradex headquarters in Switzerland. We talked about Toradex’s history, key focus and offerings and a lot more.
Coffee with Toradex CEO, COO and CMO
Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel with Xeon, Quadro RTX, 4K HDR, 32GB RAM
Acer expanded its line of ConceptD creator PCs with new Windows 10 convertible notebooks and a powerful workstation. A CES 2020 Innovation Award honoree, the ConceptD 7 Ezel series features Acer’s Ezel hinge that allows for five usage modes, making it easier than ever for designers to collaborate, share and bring ideas to life. The elegant and robust ConceptD 700 workstation was built to handle heavy content creator workflows with ease.
The ConceptD 7 Ezel series convertible RTX Studio notebooks allow creators to design and share their ideas with a color accurate UHD touch screen display that swivels and rotates into any of five different usage modes for the utmost in flexibility and convenience
The ConceptD 7 Ezel Pro is ideal for those needing maximum power; it features an Intel® Xeon™ processor, NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ GPU, ECC memory support and Windows 10 Pro
The ConceptD 7 Ezel is ideal for heavy workflows; it features up to a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ H-series processor coming soon, NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs, up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory and up to 2 TB NVMe PCIe SSDs
The ConceptD 700 workstation is ideal for filmmakers, animators and AEC (architecture, engineering, construction) designers; it features an Intel® Xeon™ E processor and up to NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 4000 graphics.
Creators’ work comes to life in brilliant detail and clarity on the notebooks’ 4K IPS displays (3840 x 2160 resolution) which deliver more than 8 million pixels. With a 400-nit high-brightness rating, images are vibrant and eye-catching. The displays also include integrated color correction technologies and have been tested and calibrated to deliver superior fidelity in reproducing the PANTONE® Matching System (PMS) Colors. This ensures true-to-life color reproduction with a 100% Adobe® RGB color gamut and a color accuracy of Delta E
Acer’s ConceptD Palette User Interface makes it easy to manage color profiles and system settings.
The notebook has been designed to stay cool and quiet, and produces less than 40dB of noise — equivalent to the sound level in a library — while maintaining high computing and graphics performance.
The elegantly designed all white ConceptD 7 Ezel includes a Micro-Arc Oxidation finish for strength and resistance to corrosion and oxidation. It also includes stain-resistant and high-abrasion resistant coatings.
Keynote: Nvidia CUDA on Arm Servers ThunderX2, Ampere eMag, Fujitsu A64fx and Huawei Kunpeng 920
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang announces Arm server support consisting of hardware and software building blocks to enable HPC development with Nvidia on Arm throughout the HPC industry. Nvidia teamed up with Arm and the Arm Server HPC ecosystem, including Ampere, Fujitsu and Marvell collaborating also with Cray, HPE and more. This is an excerpt from the full keynote video which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69nEEpdEJzU
Keynote: Nvidia supercomputer on Azure cloud
Nvidia partners with Microsoft to provide Azure cloud NDv2 supercomputer instance that can use up to 800 Nvidia Tensor Core GPUs interconnected on a single Mellanox InfiniBand backend network. This enables customers to rent an entire AI supercomputer on-demand. Microsoft and Nvidia engineers used 64 NDv2 instances on a pre-release version of the cluster to train BERT, a popular natural language conversational AI model, in a mere three hours achieved in part with Nvidia’s CUDA-core technology and interconnects by Mellanox. This is an excerpt from the full keynote video which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69nEEpdEJzU
Linux microPlatform, secure IoT updates with Foundries.io and Toradex
At Linaro Connect Vancouver 2018, Foundries.io and Toradex discuss Linux microPlatform, what microPlatform is and how it helps Toradex to build their next generation Software Platform.
Linux microPlatform is an open source, minimal, secure, updatable Operating System based on OpenEmbedded / Yocto Project. Toradex ports the microPlatform to its Arm-based System on Modules and it uses it as the basis for its future Software Planform called Torizon.
Linux microPlatform modularized the embedded software stack utilizing Docker Containers, and so it provides a robust and simple to update platform. It includes a secure Uptane-compliant over-the-air update solution using OSTree.
Founderies.io provides continuous updates to Linux microPlatform, as they believe the latest software is the most secure software.
Toradex also elaborates on its plans to simplify developers’ lives with its Torizon platform leveraging Linux microPlatforms, such as simplifying application development, enabling a modern DevOps workflow and easing migration from Windows-based systems.
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Nvidia Press Conference at Computex 2018
Jensen Huang, Founder and CEO of Nvidia, Announces Jetson Xavier which I have filmed a separate interview about here, he does not launch the rumored GTX2080 or GTX1180 next-gen graphics cards yet, provides update on Max-Q thinner full GPU gaming laptops, talks DGX-2 supercomputer “The World’s Largest GPU” (an update on the DGX which I filmed here) with 2 petaflops of performance in one node, 512GB frame buffer which has set 5 world records: fastest single chip, fastest single node, fastest at scale, fastest inference, and highest inference throughput.
$1299 Nvidia Jetson Xavier dev kit, 8-core ARMv8, 512-core Volta GPU for AI Robotics
Nvidia launes Jetson Xavier with 20x the performance of Jetson TX2 and 10x the energy efficiency with 512-core Volta GPU with Tensor Cores in an embedded module with more than 9 billion transistors it runs at under 30W, with multiple operating modes at 10W, 15W, and 30W. The Jetson Xavier ARM SoC has 6 kinds of high-performance processors on its SoC, a Volta Tensor Core GPU, an eight-core ARM64 CPU, dual NVDLA deep learning accelerators, an image processor, a vision processor and a video processor. Jetson Xavier has a peak performance of up to 30 TOPS (trillion operations per second) of mixed-precision FP32/FP16/INT8 performance. It can encode dual 4K60 H265 and decode dual 4K60 H265 at up to 12bit. Comes with 16GB LPDDR4x RAM with 137GB/s memory bandwidth, 32GB eMMC storage. It also has a dual NVDLA DL/ML Accelerator Engines which are open source available at http://nvdla.org and a 7-way VLIW Vision Accelerator. Nvidia Jetson Xavier runs using the Nvidia Isaac platform, a toolbox for the simulation, training, verification and deployment of Jetson Xavier. This robotics software consists of: Isaac SDK, APIs and tools to develop robotics algorithm software and runtime framework with fully accelerated libraries, Isaac IMX (Intelligent Machine Acceleration) applications, a collection of NVIDIA-developed robotics algorithm software, Isaac Sim, a highly realistic virtual simulation environment for developers to train autonomous machines and perform hardware-in-the-loop testing with Jetson Xavier. The Nvidia Jetson Xavier developer kit, which includes the Isaac robotics software, will be priced at $1,299, with early access starting in August from distributors worldwide.
IBM Supercomputer on Power9 and Nvidia GPU
Using IBM Power9 and Nvidia Volta GPU technology, the Summit system is a proven AI pioneer expected to deliver in excess of 200 Peta flops of performance, likely making it one of the world’s most powerful supercomputer.
Blade Shadow cloud gaming pc service launched in UK and California
Here I film at the UK launch of the Blade Shadow cloud PC gaming service, at the Meltdown London e-sports bar, where they have setup a bunch of Shadow PCs for cloud based gaming PC streaming service
here powering their League of Legends tournament. Blade Shadow is a French startup who I also interviewed at CES here they have now launched their service to cover the UK and they have also activated their West Coast USA server to serve customers in California. For about $35 per month you get remote access to “your own” Xeon gaming desktop with an Nvidia GTX1080 GPU, 12GB RAM, 256GB SSD running Windows 10 Pro.
Shadow Blade cloud PC Xeon/GTX1080 for cloud gaming, cloud 4K60/8K video-editing
French startup Blade presents their awesome Shadow cloud PC service at €30/month that streams a very powerful $2000 (equivalent) desktop PC hosted on their server powered by a high-end 8-threaded Intel Xeon server CPU with an Nvidia GTX1080 GPU, 12GB RAM, 256GB SSD (with harddrive/SSD storage expansion options available) running a full Windows 10 Pro desktop remotely in their server, using low-lag Internet technologies that they have developed, fast codecs (to have at least 15mbit/s Internet bandwidth available is recommended for a good experience), fast tricks that they have developed to make this all possible, to offer cloud gaming or high-end video-editing, 3D graphics rendering, audio processing, or anything else that might be useful to run on advanced PC hardware that you can think of, and you can then run that through client applications either running on their AMD APU based Shadow PC thin client that they offer to their subscribers (for a smooth up to 4K60 or 1080p144hz gaming experience), or you can run clients on a Chromebook, any Android phone, Android TV, Macbooks, any Windows machine, Linux, iPhone, iPad, their service runs on everything. Currently their service works well in France, initially it was just for French users who had Fiber to the home connections, but now it also runs smoothly onto any ADSL, Cable even LTE devices in France, the service is also supported in Belgium and a few other countries nearby France. Because for a good service, the user has to be within as few hops in the global backbone internet network as possible, to experience as little lag times as possible. Advanced professional gamers have tested this system and they have reported that they cannot feel any difference between the Shadow cloud gaming service and a local desktop gaming machine. The lag time are said to depend more on the speed of the PC monitor than of the internet back to their cloud server system. They are about to expand their offering to cover the whole of California as they are setting up a cloud server system right now in the Silicon Valley also. They plan to expand their services globally in the near future according to demand.
Nvidia DGX Station, world’s most powerful desktop, a Supercomputer at the office
Nvidia DGX Station is the world’s first and fastest personal supercomputer for leading-edge AI development at Supercomputing developers desk, it has the computing capacity of four server racks in a desk-friendly package, using less than one twentieth the power. It’s the only personal supercomputer with four Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs, next generation Nvidia NVLink, and new Tensor Core architecture. DGX Station delivers 3X the training performance of today’s fastest workstations, with 480 TFLOPS of water cooled performance (3X Faster Than the Fastest Workstations) and FP16 precision. It’s designed to be whisper quiet at one tenth the noise of other deep learning workstations, it’s designed for easy experimentation at the office.
Filmed in 4K60 at Supercomputing 2017 in Denver using Panasonic GH5 ($1999 at Amazon.com) on firmware 2.1 (aperture priority, AF continuous tracking) with Leica 12mm f1.4 ($1297 at Amazon.com) with Sennheiser MKE440 stereo shotgun microphone ($325 at Amazon.com), get $25 off renting cameras and lenses with my referral link at https://share.lensrentals.com/x/wWbHqV
Nvidia DRIVE PX Pegasus board for self-driving cars has 2 Octa-core ARM SoCs with 512-core CUDA GPU and 2 discreet GPUs for a total of 320 Billion calculations per second
Nvidia DRIVE PX Pegasus board is launched for self-driving cars which includes two ARM SoCs each feature Octa-core Nvidia Xavier Custom ARM processors with Volta 512-core CUDA GPU which supports up to 8K video encode and decode, 7Billion transistors each ARM SoC built on TSMC 16nm FinFET+ with also two next-generation discrete GPUs separately on the board with hardware created for accelerating deep learning and computer vision algorithms, the 4 chips on the board can compute 320 Billion calculations per second with an overall 1TB per second memory bandwidth.
$1099 Lenovo Yoga 720 (15″)
The Lenovo Yoga has 4K 15″ display (or FHD version) with the latest Intel core i7 Kaby Lake processor, up to 16gb of RAM, integrated Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card for gaming. There is a proprietary port for charging. Newer Lenovo laptops feature a Microsoft precision touchpad for better input experience. Battery life varies from 7 to 8 hours. The price starts at $1099.
Diamond Systems ARM Computing EAGLE I/O-Rich SBCs and Carrier Boards
Diamond Systems, a global supplier of compact, rugged, I/O-rich embedded computing solutions for real-world applications in a broad range of markets, unveiled its EAGLE family of compact, rugged ARM single-board computers and carrier boards designed to work with the Toradex Apalis family of ARM computer-on-modules (COMs), see my Toradex at ARM Techcon video here.
The product line is composed of two models, the full-size, full-featured Eagle and its smaller sized, low-cost Eaglet. For greatest convenience, customers may purchase a fully configured off the shelf solution from Diamond, including a select ARM module and heat sink installed, or they may purchase the baseboard and ARM module separately for greater configuration flexibility and lower unit cost. Development Kits, including the fully configured SBC, pre-configured Linux OS on a microSD card, and a full cable kit, are available from Diamond Systems.
Key highlights of the Eagle/Eaglet family are long product lifetime, configuration flexibility, and a wide range of I/O.
You can read the press release and access links to EAGLE product web pages, datasheets, photos here.
Since 1989, Silicon Valley-based Diamond Systems Corporation has provided compact, rugged, board- and system-level real world embedded computing solutions to companies in a broad range of markets, including transportation, energy, aerospace, defense, manufacturing, medical and research.
The company is renowned as an innovator of embedded I/O standards and technologies; it was an early adopter of PC/104 module technology, originated the FeaturePak I/O module and RSODIMM rugged memory module standards, and holds a patent for a unique analog I/O autocalibration technique.
Diamond’s extensive product line includes compact, highly integrated single board computers (SBCs); an extensive line of expansion modules for analog and digital I/O, wired and wireless communications including multiprotocol serial ports and Ethernet switches, GPS, solid-state disk, and power supply functions; and complete, rugged, system-level solutions.
Interested developers can contact Diamond Systems directly here:
Diamond Systems Corporation
Toradex NXP i.MX7 and NVIDIA TK1 Demos at ARM TechCon 2016
Toradex is showcasing the popular TAQ balancing robot featuring a Colibri iMX7 SoM based on NXP’s new heterogeneous multicore i.MX7 processor with Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A7 and additional ARM Cortex-M4 core for low-power, real-time or connected-standby IoT. Amid Toradex’s broad product portfolio is the new high performance Apalis TK1 SoM based on NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 featuring a Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A15 processor with 192 CUDA cores for high-end computer vision and 4k video applications for example. Other demos include an impressive Qt Linux fast boot demo featuring an automotive cluster on Apalis i.MX6.
Project developers can contact Toradex here:
Evomotion 360 cameras using Nvidia Tegra TK1, Quad 4K 360 camera
Evomotion dual Cameras offer 2.5k resolution for the recording of 360 degree video. The dual camerasuses Novatek processor. The dual cameras sell for about $100 for 1,000 pieces. Evomotion quad cameras at $2000 based on Nvidia Tegra TK1 has 4 hd cameras, and they even has one with 4 Blackmagic 4K cameras combined recorded onto a big PC and suitable high VR productions such as in Hollywood. You can experience me filming at this booth in 360 VR from my hat towards the 1st minute of this 360 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktxThATWiKI