Vecow’s compact “VAC-1000” runs the Ubuntu server on a Foxconn FXN3102 with 24 Cortex-A53 cores and a choice of Lightspeeur 2801S and Hailo-8 NPUs. Features include 16GB DDR4, 64GB eMMC, 2x GbE, 2x USB 3.0, SATA, and M.2 expansion.
Like most manufacturers of embedded systems, Vecow focuses on Intel products. Yet earlier this year the Taiwan-based company released an i.MX6 UL powered VIG-120 IoT gateway for electric vehicles and has now unveiled an equally compact, Arm / Linux-driven VAC-1000 series. The robust 170 x 118 x 40mm system includes a Foxconn FXN3102 SoC with 24 Cortex-A53 cores up to 1 GHz and offers a choice of NPU GTI Lightspeeur 2801S (VAC-1000) and Hailo-8 (VAC-1100).
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The Foxconn FXN3102 appears to be a new image of the SynQuacer SC2A11 from Socionext. The SC2A11 is used on Foxconn’s BOXiedge Edge AI server, which comes with the same Hailo-8 NPU as the VAC-1100. This Foxconn Public Relations from 2019 (translated) refers to SynQuacer SC2A11 as Foxconn FXN3102.
Although Vecow does not list any additional functionality of the FXN3102, the headless SynQuacer SC2A11 has a consistent L3 cache interconnect equipped with 4MB. Up to 64 SC2A11 chips can be combined for a server with 1,536 cores running in parallel.
The GTI and Hailo neural processors that work with the Foxconn FXN3102 support deep learning frameworks such as TensorFlow, ONNX, Caffe and PyTorch, explains Vecow. Up to 5.6 TOPS (or 2.8 TOPS at 0.3 Watts) Lightspeeur 2801S (SPR2801S) from Gyrfalcon Technology, Inc. is a little more established in the market, having appeared on products such as the Orange Pi 4B. The up to 26 TOPS (3 TOPS per Watt) Hailo-8 is available on the Hailo-8 M.2 AI acceleration module, which has appeared on Leopard Imaging’s EdgeTuring camera system and since yesterday, several Lanner PCs edge powered by Intel.
Vecow has published a product page only for the VAC-1000 with Lightspeeur 2801S. However, the ad suggests that the VAC-1100 equipped with Hailo-8 is the same apart from the NPU.
The VAC-1000 runs Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS with Linux 4.14.0 kernel, toolchain, EXT4 file system, and Python support. The system is designed for public surveillance, traffic vision, smart retail, factory automation and other AIoT / Industry 4.0 applications.
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The headless VAC-1000 comes with 8GB or 16GB DDR4-2133 with ECC plus 512MB SPI flash memory and 64GB bootable eMMC with backup support. More storage is available from SATA III bay and M.2 M-key 2280 socket, which supports NVMe. Major ports include 2x GbE (1x with IPMI) plus 2x USB 3.0, external micro-USB console debugging, and internal micro-USB console for firmware updates.
The 0.9 kg VAC-1000 has a 9-55VDC terminal block, 2 LEDs and standard wall mount kits and optional DIN rails. The system offers a temperature range of 0 to 55 ° C with a non-condensing humidity of 5 to 95% and a relative humidity tolerance of 95% at 55 ° C. There is an impact resistance of 50 G according to the standard IEC 60068-2-27 and a vibration resistance of 5 Grms according to the standard IEC 60068-2-64. EMC compliances include CE, FCC, EN50155 and EN50121-3-2.