Rapid Deployment of Vision-Enabled Edge AI Applications Now a Reality
Technology partnership provides integrated hardware and software vision solutions for NVIDIA Jetson developers, simplifying R&D and accelerating time to market
FRAMOS and Connect Tech today announced their inaugural product resulting from their partnership, the Connect Tech Boson for FRAMOS carrier board. Designed specifically for NVIDIA® Jetson™ Nano and Jetson Xavier NX edge AI applications, Boson for FRAMOS is an all-in-one board-level solution that integrates the FRAMOS Sensor Module Ecosystem directly to the carrier board for production deployment of Jetson solutions.
Using Boson for FRAMOS, customers ready to migrate their applications from the NVIDIA Jetson developer kits to a production environment benefit from a significant size reduction advantage along with double the number of interfaces (four 2-lane or three 4-lane MIPI CSI-2 connectors), dramatically increasing the throughput for advanced AI vision applications. Direct camera integration to the carrier board eliminates the need for an adapter board and decreases the overall hardware stack height. Boson for FRAMOS comes standard with software hooks in the board support package that automatically connects select cameras in the FRAMOS Sensor Module Ecosystem to NVIDIA’s JetPack SDK to minimize software development requirements.
Joining forces to provide integrated solutions for the Jetson developer community
Connect Tech is an Elite Partner in the NVIDIA Partner Network (NPN) and has been developing trusted hardware solutions for NVIDIA Jetson since its inception. Connect Tech has vast experience developing both system and board-level solutions for a variety of applications.
FRAMOS joined the NPN in 2020 as a Preferred Partner and offers Jetson customers a broad sensor module selection range for applications in robotics, automation, IoT, and more. FRAMOS offers customers in the Jetson ecosystem a full range of sensor options, from commercial to industrial. Furthermore, FRAMOS offers best-in-class software integration and support to customers looking to embed vision technology.
As AI capabilities and deployments using the Jetson platform have skyrocketed, customers need flexibility of sensor selection to achieve their product design requirements. This new partnership allows two industry-leading companies to combine their unique hardware and software expertise and support with NVIDIA’s GPU-accelerated edge computing leadership, providing customers with plug-and-play vision solutions to simplify and accelerate customers’ development time.
“Joining the NVIDIA Jetson partner ecosystem has allowed us to provide a broad level of sensor and vision support to the Jetson developer community,” says Nathan Dinning, Director Product Management at FRAMOS. “Connect Tech’s experience and reputation within the Jetson community made them the ideal hardware partner for us. When we joined the NPN our goal was to help speed up the development and increase performance of AI-enabled vision applications. Joint hardware and vision products create a coordinated, off-the-shelf solution that takes the guesswork out of the process for customers.”
“Our customers spend a lot of time and energy developing specialized programs and applications on the Jetson edge AI platform. Moving to a production environment involves a learning curve to determine how your chosen sensors will interact with the hardware you’re deploying with,” says Michele Kasza, Vice President of Sales at Connect Tech. “FRAMOS offers such a broad range of high-quality image sensors for customers to choose from. Having each sensor pre-compatible with our hardware significantly reduces the time our customers need to spend going back to development and writing or adjusting code. We’re constantly striving to simplify the product development process for our customers, and our partnership with FRAMOS gives us the ability to completely eliminate any potential integration challenges before hardware is in the hands of customers.”
NVIDIA Jetson is the leading AI-at-the-edge computing platform with over half a million developers. With pre-trained AI models, developer SDKs and support for cloud-native technologies across the full Jetson lineup, manufacturers of intelligent machines and AI developers can build and deploy high-quality, software-defined features on embedded and edge devices targeting robotics, AIoT, smart cities, healthcare, industrial applications and more. Cloud-native support helps manufacturers and developers implement frequent improvements, improve accuracy, and use the latest features with Jetson-based edge AI devices.