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Enhance high-performance edge AI with NVIDIA Ampere-powered MXM GPU cards

16 December 2022

Now available from Impulse Embedded is a range of embedded MXM GPU cards built around NVIDIA’s powerful Ampere architecture, designed and manufactured by Advantech, an elite partner in the NVIDIA Partner Network.

Boasting a guaranteed five-year life cycle, whilst offering twice the bandwidth and FP32 performance over the previous generation, these new MXM GPU cards feature second-generation Ray Tracing Cores, and third-generation Tensor Cores. 

This improved AI inference capability will help accelerate high-performance edge computing and AI application development in industrial applications including machine automation and machine vision, driver assistance, and public safety systems.
MXM GPU cards meet the demands of fanless computing in harsh environments 
Unlike the standard PCI Express graphics accelerators that populate high-performance computing applications, Advantech’s MXM modules are designed specifically to meet harsh environments, with the intention of being integrated into edge systems that have been tested and certified to handle excessive vibration and shock conditions adequately. 

With its compact size and ruggedised design, the new MXM GPU cards come in the following two form factors.

The SKY-MXM-A500, SKY-MXM-A1000 and SKY-MXM-A2000 are MXM 3.1 Type A versions with an 82 x 70mm footprint whilst the SKY-MXM-A4500 is MXM 3.1 Type B version with a larger form factor of 82 x 105mm. 

The SKY-MXM-A500 is, as its name would suggest, the lowest powered, both in performance and power consumption (35W), whilst the SKY-MXM-A4500 is the most powerful, boasting a sizeable 5888 CUDA cores and 16GB of GDDR6 memory with a maximum power draw of 110W.
Key features

·     MXM 3.1 Type A form factor (82 x 70mm)
·     2048 CUDA cores, 16 RT cores, 64 Tensor cores (NVIDIA Ampere GPU architecture cores)
·     2GB/4GB GDDR6 memory, 64-bit, bandwidth 112GB/s
·     35W maximum power draw
·     Five-year life cycle support and availability

·     MXM 3.1 Type A form factor (82 x 70mm)
·     2048 CUDA cores, 46 RT cores, 184 Tensor cores (NVIDIA Ampere GPU architecture cores)
·     4GB GDDR6 memory, 128-bit, bandwidth 224GB/s
·     60W maximum power draw
·     Five-year life cycle support and availability

·     MXM 3.1 Type A form factor (82 x 70mm)
·     2560 CUDA cores, 20 RT cores, 80 Tensor cores (NVIDIA Ampere GPU architecture cores)
·     8GB GDDR6 memory, 128-bit, bandwidth 192GB/s
·     60W maximum power draw
·     Five-year lifecycle support and availability

·     MXM 3.1 Type B form factor (82 x 105mm)
·     5888 CUDA cores, 46 RT cores, 184 Tensor cores (NVIDIA Ampere GPU architecture cores)
·     16GB GDDR6 memory, 256-bit, bandwidth 520 GB/s
·     110W maximum power draw
·     Five-year lifecycle support and availability

Compact Advantech MIC-75GF10 expansion i-Module designed for MXM GPU cards
Whilst MXM modules are perfect for machine builders and system designers to integrate graphics acceleration into the design from the start, Advantech has recently released a new expansion module. This is part of its i-Module range for the MIC_7xx series of industrial, high-performance embedded box PCs, offering the benefits of a compact size and fanless design without the restriction in compute performance. 

It is an ideal edge computing solution for space-critical applications and noise or dust-sensitive environments. 

The MIC-75GF10 I-Module enables the integration of Advantech’s MXM GPU cards with NVIDIA Ampere embedded GPUs into existing MIC-7xx series fanless embedded systems, each with up to 80W power consumption support and available in MXM 3.1 Type A and Type B form factors. 

The combination of NVIDIA embedded GPUs, Advantech MXM GPU cards, Advantech’s MIC-75GF10 I-Module and the latest MIC-770 V3 embedded PCs with 12th Gen. 

Intel Core processor support offers powerful and versatile edge AI solutions for a wide range of new applications, including pick-and-place machines, automation, autonomous navigation in robots and vehicles, and auto-optical inspection.
Embedded capabilities 
Impulse Embedded has over 20 years designing, building, and supporting embedded computing solutions. It can fully configure rugged high-performance edge computers to meet customers’ exact specifications in its UK-based engineering facility, with a free choice of processor, memory, storage, peripherals, embedded operating system and MXM embedded graphics modules. 

Impulse’s Embedded systems’ capabilities create reliable, repeatable, and revision-controlled systems, which can reduce project costs and development time. Its team of in-house engineers and specialists, all with decades of experience, can offer customers fully deployable embedded computing solutions straight out of the box.

For more details regarding Impulse Embedded’s systems’ capabilities, please contact the Impulse Embedded technical sales team by calling 01782 337800 or visiting

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