Advantech Launches USM-600 Dual-Board Workstations for Advanced Edge Computing

  • November 10, 2021
  • Advantech Industrial Automation Group
Advantech Launches USM-600 Dual-Board Workstations for Advanced Edge Computing
Advantech Launches USM-600 Dual-Board Workstations for Advanced Edge Computing

Advantech, a leading provider of intelligent computing systems and services, is pleased to announce its USM-600 dual-board workstation. Developed in collaboration with Intel, USM-600 features an Intel Modular Edge Compute Architecture (MECA) modular baseboard that supports multiple CPU boards in a single unit. This breakthrough architecture enables numerous edge AI tasks to be processed simultaneously, providing the capabilities to scale up edge computing.

Moreover, with the provision of multiple I/O, including up to three PCIe slots, USM-600 can be integrated with various expansion modules and cards, such as an Intel Movidius module and/or graphics card, to support machine vision and AI-based video/image processing. Thus, USM-600 provides a high-performance solution for implementing people counting applications in diverse retail and hospitality environments, public facilities, and office buildings.


Intell MECA dual-board workstation

In collaboration with Intel, Advantech built the USM-600 workstation on an Intel® MECA baseboard with the capacity to support more than one CPU board. Accordingly, USM-600 features two CPU boards connected to a single baseboard. These CPU boards serve as two independent systems that can be equipped with Windows. Linux or Android operating systems, enabling each USM-600 workstation to support dual OS. This allows multiple edge AI tasks to be processed simultaneously for accelerated edge computing.

High expandability for flexible edge deployments

To support the integration of expansion cards for enhanced functionality and performance, the USM-600 workstation features up to three PCIe slots–one PCIe x16 slot on CPU board 1 and two PCIe x8 slots or one PCIe x16 slot on CPU board 2. This allows USM-600 to be equipped with the Intel Movidius X AI module and advanced graphics cards to upgrade the hardware for machine learning and multi-video stream-based edge inference. Furthermore, each CPU board features one M.2 SSD and two SATA HDDs that support RAID 0, 1, and 5 for enhanced performance, fault tolerance, and data redundancy, allowing USM-600 to be flexibly configured for a wide range of edge deployments.

Dual CPUs enable multi-task edge AI processing

Equipped with two CPU boards that serve as two independent systems, USM-600 can support multi-task edge AI processing. This enables customers to conduct various data management, communication, and image/video processes simultaneously via a single platform. Therefore, USM-600 eliminates the need for multiple systems, reduces deployment costs, and saves installation space. For most industries, including retail, hospitality, and even healthcare, the USM-600 dual-board workstation’s upgraded capabilities can increase throughput and facilitate the scaling up of intelligent edge computing.

Key features

  • 9th generation Intel Core i3-9100TE /i5-9500TE /i7-9700TE/ Pentium G5400/G5400T processors
  • Dual CPU board workstation with Intel MECA modular baseboard 
  • 2 x LAN, 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, and 2 x HDMI per CPU board
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 in front panel per CPU board
  • 1 x M.2 SSD and 2 x SATA HDDs per CPU board
  • Up to 3 x PCIe expansion slots - 1 x PCIe x16 for CPU board 1 and 2 x PCIe x8 or 1 x PCIe x16 for CPU board 2 
  • 1 x M.2 B-key and 1 x M.2 E-key per CPU board

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