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Lightfront® | AI

Introducing LF | AI, the powerful Linux mini computer for AI-driven avatar-like robotic applications in the Internet of Things.

Cinematic, high-FPS, cameras via DP and HDMI inputs over long cables. HQ Sony IMX sensor. 2K@60 & 4K@30 capture and encode. Industrial serial interfaces for high concurrency and bandwidth. Powered by nVidia Jetson SOMs. Runs a minimal (~1GB) Ubuntu-based OS.

Rev. 2b3 I'm interested

SOM

nVidia Jetson Nano or
Xavier NX

Camera

Sensor Sony IMX 415
Lens 2.9mm / f2.0 - M12
(M4T lenses via HDMI)
Cables Co-axial up to 2m
Dimensions 44×25×25mm

Board

3x mDP In 2k@60fps, 4k@30fps
HDMI In 2K@60fps
Serial RS485, USB
M.2 PCIe For Wi-Fi or other
Dimensions 147×99×29mm

Operating System

LF Ubuntu
v18.04

Lightfront® | AI

Designed for the development of avatar-like robotic applications that can operate autonomously in the Internet of Things. This powerful small computer board is the result of a close collaboration between ANA Holdings and J Cube Inc.

Lightfront | AI

SOM
mDP Input
  • Up to 3x miniDP via LVDS + FPGA, able to sustain HF-signal with up to 2 meters co-axial cables (one input shared with the HDMI input).
  • Up to 4K UHD (3840×2160) @38fps, YUV422.
  • Up to 2K 1080p (1920×1080) @60fps, YUV422.
HDMI Input
  • 1x miniHDMI with HDMI 1.4 + FPGA, able to sustain HF-signal with up to 2 meters HDMI cables (input shared with the 3rd mDP input).
  • Up to 1080p (1920×1080) @60fps, YUV422.
Camera Board
  • SonyIMX-415 sensor.
  • Support for other sensors can be added on demand as a service.
  • Modular and compact design (25×44 mm).
  • Power supply over co-axial cables.
  • Remote control and GPIO over I2C.
Camera Cables
  • Up to 2 meter co-axial miniDP to DP cable.
Lens
Display Output
  • 1x HDMI 2.0 (mini HDMI).
  • 1x display port 1.4 (mini DP).
Serial
  • 4x USB 3.0
  • 2x Medium bandwidth (5Mbps), high-concurrency (low latency), native UART RS485.
  • 4x High bandwidth (20Mbps) UART RS485 serial over mini-PCIe with automatic hardware half-duplex switch.
  • 1x TTL Serial port for console.
  • 1x TTL Serial port for general purpose.
Connectivity
  • 2x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45.
  • WiFi/Bluetooth over mPCI-e WLAN-AC. Suggested with 8265 INTEL or newer (not included).
Power supply
  • 9-36V DC.
  • Charger (type A socket).
Storage
  • 16GB on eMMC.
  • microSD card (not included).
Audio
  • HDMI audio support.
  • USB audio Codec.
  • Analog audio input over analog mic.
  • Analog output with PA 4W (4/8/16 ohm).
Others
  • M.2 PCIe.
  • 26-Pin GPIO (below the board).
  • UART TTL.
  • SPI.
Mechanical
  • Board: 147×99×29 mm (without active cooler).
  • Camera: 44×25×25 mm (without lens).
  • Extended temperature range.
Availability
  • Long Term Availability.
Operating system
  • LF Ubuntu 18.04 L4T with file-system customizations.

Feature Highlights

2K@60, 4K@30 OVER LONG CABLING

Thanks to a custom designed hardware solution via LVDS + FPGA, the Lightfront AI board allows to acquire camera signal at high-resolution / high-frequency and transmit over longer distance compared to a regular CSI cable. There are up to 3x mini-DP inputs on the board, which can receive signal from up to 2 meters long co-axial cables which connect to the Lightfront camera module boards (equipped with standard DP). This allows more flexible robotic application design while preserving 4K@30 (up to 38fps) ad 2K@60 acquisition.

NVIDIA JETSON FOR ANY AI WORKLOADS

The board hosts the nVidia Jetson SOMs which have the performance and capabilities needed to run modern AI workloads, making it possible to add advanced AI to any product. nVidia SOMs brings AI to a world of new embedded and IOT applications, including entry-level network video recorders (NVRs), home robots, and intelligent gateways with full analytics capabilities. Support for both the Jetson Nano and the Jetson Xavier NX SOM, the world’s smallest AI supercomputer for embedded and edge systems, is possible.

SONY IMX-415 SENSOR

The camera module hosts the Sony IMX415 sensor, a 4K-resolution stacked CMOS image sensor, which is the smallest of its kind in the world. Designed specifically for the smart city market and to meet the needs of AI-powered monitoring applications. This chip has low power consumption, high sensitivity, low dark current and no smear are achieved through the adoption of R, G and B primary color mosaic filters and also features an electronic shutter with variable charge-integration time.

HDMI INPUT FROM CINEMATIC QUALITY

The board was designed for cinematic-quality input from professional camera lenses through a special mHDMI input port. You can connect, for example, a Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera which can output 2K@60FPS and supports any M4T lenses (micro four thirds), such as the incredible ZEISS CP.3 lens.

INDUSTRIAL-GRADE SERIAL FOR CONCURRENCY

The board was designed with advanced robotics needs in mind, therefore concurrency and low-latency serial communication is essential. At your disposal are 4x 20Mbps RS485 serial over mini-PCIe with automatic hardware half-duplex switch and 2x 5Mbps RS485 serial over mini-PCIe with high-concurrency / low-latency. Besides these you have also the standard USB 3.0 (4x).

LF UBUNTU O/S

The board comes with a pre-installed Ubuntu 18.04 compatible Linux O/S which we refer to as Lightfront Ubuntu or LF Ubuntu. The Linux Kernel is L4T (Linux for Tegra). Compared to the standard nVidia distribution, which is ~12 GB in size, LF Ubuntu is designed to be a minimal distribution with a size less than 1 GB, the user is therefore responsible to add via `aptitude` additional packages that might be wanted.