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ADLINK and Charles announce multi-access pole-mounted edge AI solution

20 Mar 2019

ADLINK Technology and Charles Industries (Charles) have joined together to demonstrate the industry’s first complete micro-edge low latency Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Deep Learning (AI/ML/DL) solution that can be co-located on LTE small cell poles or with emerging 5G radios. The solution is being demonstrated at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference.

The new solution is a compact low profile pole or wall mountable unit based on an integration of ADLINK’s latest AI Edge Server MECS-7210 and Charles’ SC102 Micro Edge Enclosure. 

This advanced solution is ideally suited for outdoor telecom use cases and well positioned to be deployed globally enabling carriers and communities to provide a wide range of new and advanced services, including autonomous vehicles/pods, virtual and augmented reality applications, vision analytics with additional AI/ML/DL applications.

The solution supposedly demonstrates ADLINK and Charles’ commitment to facilitating the transformation of communications network architectures in the era of 5G. 

Powered by advanced, dual-socket Intel Xeon Scalable processors, the MECS-7210 is a high performance, cost-effective commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) platform in a small footprint 2U chassis with 420mm of system depth. 

Designed for all I/O front access, dust prevention, wide operation temperature, and dual full-height full-length (FHFL) PCIe expansion slots reserved for access to acceleration hardware (FGPA/GPU), ADLINK’s MECS-7210 is among the first platforms to fully comply with Open Telecom IT Infrastructure (OTII) defined by Open Data Center Committee (ODCC) to meet 5G requirements of ultra-low latency, high bandwidth, real-time access to radio network.

Charles’ SC102 Micro-Edge Enclosure has been custom-designed for the MECS-7210, using advanced thermal modelling to ensure reliable, high-end AI and compute equipment performance in harsh outdoor operating environments. 

To be able to handle the extreme temperature ranges and rugged attributes of telecom edge technologies, the SC102 Micro-Edge Enclosures complies with the stringent Bellcore GR-487 specifications for an outdoor ambient environment of -40ºC to +55ºC.  

The enclosed solution integrates system cooling and power by incorporating a 1,880W heat exchanger and 250W heater and providing power feed options for either AC or DC depending on site availability. In addition, the enclosure is sealed against environmental elements such as rain, wind, ice, and sun and equipped with alarms for temperature and door intrusion.

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