New Crystal Group RACE accelerates autonomous vehicle development


Crystal Group Inc., manufacturer of rugged computer hardware for industry and defense, introduced this week its initial product in the new Crystal Group RACE (Rugged Autonomous Computer Equipment) line, engineered to accelerate autonomous vehicle (AV), automated driving system (ADS), and unmanned (UAV) projects.

The Crystal Group RACE0161 high-performance, rugged computer is specifically designed to help engineers shorten development time, bringing autonomous vehicle innovations to market ahead of their competitors. The fast-paced autonomous industry is estimated to be worth trillions of dollars.

Crystal Group’s latest autonomous vehicle computer provides horsepower AV and ADS projects need, combining robust I/O, multiple GPU capacity, dual Intel Xeon scalable processors, sophisticated thermal management, and other high-quality components stabilized in a rugged, aluminum enclosure measuring 6.5 x 14.1 x 15.6 inches and weighing 30 to 40 pounds.

Processing real-time data of LIDAR, RADAR, image, and sensor fusion, the Crystal Group RACE0161 combines compute power, data-handling capabilities, and storage capacity in a compact, rugged solution capable of withstanding harsh environmental conditions, including potholes, collisions, and extreme temperatures that are likely to cause traditional systems to fail.

Autonomous driving technology is quickly ushering in a new economy predicted to achieve unprecedented growth and reach $7 trillion by 2050, according to a new study by Intel Corporation and Strategy Analytics. Crystal Group and Intel have partnered together to provide autonomous solutions for several leading OEM’s to date. The partnership will continue to tap the booming autonomous market with leading edge technology of Crystal Group’s new RACE offerings.

“The new RACE0161 and the entire line of Crystal Group RACE products ease AV and ADS development and give our customers the advantage of quick time-to-market with a safe, reliable, high quality AV solution,” Crystal Group Executive Vice President of engineering, Jim Shaw says. “Our RACE solutions leverage decades of experience engineering rugged, reliable compute solutions for US and international military programs, as well as some of the world’s largest car manufacturers,” adds Shaw.

Crystal Group RACE systems are built for safety and reliability, tapping 30 years of experience tailoring high-performance, fail-safe rugged hardware for hundreds of military and aerospace missions, as well as challenging industrial, critical infrastructure, and commercial programs, including some of the hottest OEM autonomous vehicles.

Crystal Group also offers its RS363S15F 3U Rugged Server, designed and developed in collaboration with Intel, for use in autonomous vehicles.

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