e-con launches industrial robotics platform

  • January 17, 2024
  • William Payne

Embedded vision specialist e-con Systems and edge AI semiconductor developer Ambarella have launched the e-con Robotics Computing Platform (eRCP). The two companies see applications in industrial automation, autonomous mobile robots (AMR), pick-and-place and warehouse automation.

e-con’s eRCP is based on Ambarella CV72-based SoM and includes the processor sub-system, power management integrated circuits (PMICs), double data rate (DDR) memory, storage and relevant interface connectors for the carrier board.

The eRCP is an autonomous moving robot with interfaces including an array of sensors, multiple RGB cameras, 2D Lidar, IMU, Ultrasonic, ToF depth camera and motor control interfaces. e-con Systems also offers support and design services to help OEMs get to market quickly based on this new platform.

With the Robot Operating System 2 (ROS2) stack and Ambarella’s Cooper Developer Platform, the eRCP is aimed to provide a customisable platform featuring a modern modular architecture and a range of peripherals.

e-con Systems is planning to provide a complete AI vision kit based on Ambarella’s SoCs for various other applications in the near future; including access control, commercial sectors, security, video conferencing and healthcare. This expansion will further broaden the horizons for customers seeking cutting-edge AI vision processing solutions.

“Through the fusion of e-con Systems’ cutting-edge camera portfolio—boasting innovations like GMSL, FPD Link III, 4K resolution, high frame rates, HDR, global shutters, Time of Flight (ToF), LFM, IP67, IP69K ratings, and more—with Ambarella’s expertise in processing platforms and cutting-edge algorithms, e-con is addressing customer challenges in robotics applications while pioneering the future of comprehensive vision solutions,” said Ashok Babu, CEO at e-con Systems.

“We are pleased to be partnering with e-con Systems, a leader in vision-based systems and robotics,” said Jerome Gigot, Sr. Director of Marketing at Ambarella. “Additionally, we’re excited to demonstrate their CV72-based Rover robot at our exhibition during CES this week.”