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Lenovo Introduces the Powerful and FlexibleThinkEdge SE70 Edge AI Platform
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September 13, 2021 News

 

Lenovo™ announced in its annual TechWorld event the ThinkEdge™ SE70, a powerful and flexible artificial intelligence (AI) edge platform for enterprise. The ThinkEdge SE70 is designed to meet the expanding intelligent transformation needs from logistics, transportation and smart cities to retail, healthcare and manufacturing. The new edge solution from Lenovo is created in cooperation with Amazon Web Services (AWS) leveraging AWS Panorama and is powered by the NVIDIA® Jetson™ Xavier™ NX platform.

Making the Edge Smarter

Edge AI computing applications are numerous and growing rapidly as businesses intelligently transform operations and services with increasingly powerful analytics and automation capabilities. IDC predicts that by 2023, 70% of Internet of Things (IoT) deployments will include AI solutions for autonomous or edge decision making, supporting organisations’ operational and strategic agendas.

Computer vision (CV) is one of the fastest growing edge AI applications, with security, safety, manufacturing quality control and improving retail experiences among the leading use cases. In a recent IDG survey, 96% of respondents believe CV has the potential to boost revenue, while 97% said the technology will save their organisation time and money.

The ThinkEdge SE70 is purpose built to unlock the power of CV applications for enterprise. A version of the ThinkEdge SE70 will be offered with AWS Panorama Device SDK pre-installed, allowing enterprise customers to transform every-day IP cameras into smart cameras that run CV apps at the edge. AWS Panorama enables tasks to be automated that have traditionally required human inspection to improve visibility into potential issues. For example, AWS Panorama can be used to track assets for optimising operations in facilities and monitoring inventory levels on retail shelves–even in environments with limited internet bandwidth.

The new ThinkEdge AI-capable edge appliance is powered by NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX, a production ready, high-performance, small form factor, power-efficient system on module that is cloud-managed for enhanced security and ease of training and deploying a variety of AI and Machine Learning models to the edge. It delivers up to 21 trillion operations/second (TOPS) of accelerated computing, runs modern neural networks in parallel and processes data from multiple high-resolution sensors. Jetson Xavier NX leverages NVIDIA CUDA-X™, a comprehensive AI software stack with highly optimised, domain-specific libraries that reduces complexity and speeds time to market.

The rugged design of the ThinkEdge SE70 combined with powerful processing power and flexible configurations position the solution as critical infrastructure for smart networks supporting real-time decision making in new hybrid business models with advanced automation.

“AI applications at the edge have enormous potential for the intelligent transformation of business, like using computer vision to track warehousing and logistics operations or automating manufacturing processes”, said Jon Pershke, Vice President of Strategy and Emerging Business at Lenovo’s Intelligent Devices Group. “The ThinkEdge portfolio is expanding to include the power, performance and flexibility customers need to build next-level edge networks”.

“We are excited to be working with Lenovo and NVIDIA, two market leaders in edge technology”, said Ankur Mehrotra, Director at AWS AI. “This new product brings together strong GPU performance from NVIDIA, hardware system expertise from Lenovo, and scalable computer vision from AWS into a cost-effective and competitive package that customers can use to solve business challenges across many use cases”.

Key Features and Specs

The ThinkEdge SE70 features some of the most powerful AI performance and reliability in a flexible platform for the edge.

Performance

AI Power:

  • CPU: 6-core NVIDIA Carmel Arm®v8.2 64-bit CPU
  • GPU: 384-core NVIDIA Volta™ GPU, 48 Tensor Cores
  • Performance: 21 TOPS (INT8)

Connectivity:

  • 2 GbE
  • Configurable up to 8 POE
  • Serial/CAN Bus/DIO

Storage: PCIe Gen.4

Reliability

Form Factor: Fan-less, operational temperature range up to -20 to 60 Celsius

IP Rating: IP51

DC Range: 9-48v

Flexibility
Single Design Base with 2 Form Factors: Expanded form factor with multiple POE and power options

Global Pricing and Availability

The Lenovo ThinkEdge SE70 will be available in select markets worldwide starting first half of 2022. Visit the ThinkEdge web page to find out more or contact your local Lenovo sales representative.

 

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