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Diamond introduced a family of solutions for NVIDIA Jetson TX2, TX2i and AGX Xavier modules.

February 26, 2019

Sunnyvale, California — February 26, 2019 — Diamond Systems, a leading global provider for rugged, I/O-rich embedded computing solutions, has introduced a family of solutions for delivering AI-at-the-edge high performance computing solutions based on NVIDIA Jetson TX2, TX2i and AGX Xavier™ modules. The family includes four carrier boards as well as a finished system housed in an ultra-compact enclosure. These solutions target a range of industrial and military applications, with a focus on harsh environments such as vehicles and other outdoor applications.

Ziggy Carrier Board

Diamond’s carriers bring out the unique characteristics of the Jetson family of computer modules while enhancing them with additional I/O and features. Ziggy™ and Jethro™ carriers are designed to work with the Jetson TX2 and TX2i system-on-modules (SoM), while Stevie™ and Elton™ provide a platform for implementing solutions with the AGX Xavier high-end module. In keeping with Diamond’s «Rugged I/O» and «2-in-1» philosophies, all products feature data acquisition capability, maximum feature density, and wide temperature operation combined with shock and vibration resistance.

Elton Carrier System

Particularly noteworthy among the Diamond family is the full-fledged PCI/104-Express expansion socket present on the Elton carrier. Unique in the NVIDIA ecosystem, Elton bridges the emerging world of AI/ML technology with the long-life, highly successful, rugged industrial embedded computing ecosystem of PC/104. Elton provides support for PCI-104, PCIe/104 type 2 (x8 lane), and PCIe/104 OneBank expansion modules (4×1 lanes), enabling rapid creation of truly rugged, custom-configured, high performance, PCIe-based solutions using off-the-shelf I/O modules from a large number of manufacturers worldwide.

ZiggyBox System

The Diamond product family features a compact and cost-effective yet full-featured data acquisition circuit with analog input, analog output, and digital I/O to interface to the «real world» of analog and digital sensors and controls. A programming library provides support for rapid development of custom applications, while a ready-to-run application with graphical user interface provides convenient real-time control of the data acquisition I/O as well as data logging.

Ziggy is the carrier for Jetson TX2/TX2i targeting size- and cost-sensitive applications as well as «maker» projects. At 50×87mm, it matches the size of the Jetson modules and provides commercial style connectors for I/O. The compact ZiggyBox computer system houses the Ziggy carrier and Jetson module in an ultra-compact enclosure with DIN rail mounting capability. Its compact size lets it fit into crowded equipment racks and cabinets for local AI at the edge / machine learning applications. ZiggyBox sets a new benchmark in combined computing performance, size, cost, and I/O.

Jethro Carrier Board

Jethro, at 76×107mm, is a slightly larger TX2/TX2i carrier that offers far greater I/O and expansion capability, as well as a rugged connector scheme. Jethro includes a PCIe MiniCard socket, an M.2 SATA flash socket, and a LTE modem socket designed to work with Nimbelink SkyWire cellular modems. Jethro utilizes pin headers that can accommodate both low-cost traditional connector technology or more rugged latching connectors where resistance to vibration and shock are required.

Stevie Translator Board

Stevie is a unique «translator» board that enables the Ziggy and Jethro TX2 carriers to be used with the higher performance AGX Xavier module. The same size as Xavier (87×100mm), Stevie adds an M.2 PCIe NVMe flash socket, 2 CAN ports, and an additional USB 3.0 port, as well as a socket for connecting high performance cameras, thus rounding out the TX2 carriers to provide a complete platform for taking advantage of Xavier’s superior performance and features.

The crowning member of Diamond’s NVidia family is Elton, the full-featured, rugged carrier board for NVidia’s Xavier SoM. Elton utilizes a 50% thicker PCB, latching connectors, and the rugged PCI/104-Express expansion bus to create a rugged platform ideal for the most demanding compute-intensive harsh-environment applications. Elton’s larger size of 102×152mm allows it to include all the I/O and expansion of Diamond’s other carriers: data acquisition, M.2 and PCIe MiniCard sockets, and LTE modem socket.

Product Family Roundup

Product Size NVidia Module Notable Features
Ziggy 50×87mm TX2 and TX2i Compact, low-cost, data acquisition
Jethro 76×107mm TX2 and TX2i Expandable, data acquisition
Stevie 100×87mm Jetson AGX Xavier High performance, feature-rich
Elton 102×152mm Jetson AGX Xavier Highest performance, PCI/104-Express expansion, data acquisition
ZiggyBox 63×67×96mm TX2 and TX2i Compact, I/O-rich, ideal for industrial control

About Diamond Systems

Celebrating its 30th year, Diamond Systems Corporation is an innovator of compact, rugged, board and system-level real world embedded computing solutions to companies in a broad range of markets worldwide.

In addition to complete system-level solutions, Diamond’s extensive product line of compact, highly integrated solutions include Nvidia Jetson and Xavier carrier boards; single-board computers (SBCs); an extensive line of expansion modules for analog and digital I/O, wired and wireless communications, GPS, solid-state disk, and power supply functions.

In support of performance-critical embedded application requirements, these products are engineered to operate reliably over wide operating temperature ranges, such as —40°C to +85°C, and at high levels of shock and vibration. Additionally, the company offers a comprehensive hardware, software, and system integration and customization services.

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