MaxLinear | November 12, 2021
MaxLinear, Inc. announced today that the company’s multi-protocol transceivers and interface bridges are being used in Portwell’s computing platforms built for Industrial IoT applications and data center monitoring systems.
As a leader in embedded computing, compute modules, and Industrial IoT, Portwell requires the flexibility and design advantages MaxLinear delivers to build high-density interconnected systems. With the most extensive portfolio of multi-protocol transceivers, MaxLinear offers products with up to 10 different protocols in a single chip.
MaxLinear is a leading supplier of PCIe and USB bridges and provides the broadest serial port expansion capabilities in the industry. When used in conjunction with MaxLinear multi-protocol transceivers, the PCIe bridges offer unique features that give designers the freedom to simultaneously connect a myriad of sensors, actuators, controllers, motors, and more to embedded computers.
“We’ve worked hand-in-hand with customers such as Portwell for decades to ensure our solutions meet their design standards,” said James Lougheed, Vice President of Marketing, High Performance Analog. “With the market growth for IIoT and data center monitoring systems, companies look to MaxLinear products to simplify development and provide operational efficiencies that cut costs.”
The MaxLinear multi-protocol transceivers and bridges offer many benefits:
Bridges give designers the freedom to select virtually any processor for their edge connected computers without being restricted to the availability of serial ports. Turn any processing platform into a connectivity powerhouse.
Fewer BOMs improve inventory control.
With software configuration (in design or in the field), the single-chip transceivers support configurations such as RS-485 or RS-232, or both. One BOM to fulfill different SKUs.
Fewer parts. More reliable products.
One hardware platform provides more reliability in manufacturing and serves different variations of IPCs and edge computing products and provides connectivity to a broad ecosystem of external devices.
Innovative Design for efficiency and cost savings of the manufacturing line.
MaxLinear serial bridges support pin compatibility between 4ch and 8ch and allow a single PCB layout for the chip. Expansion interface doubles the number of serial ports without additional PCIe bus connections.
Flexibility to the end customer.
Portwell’s end customers have the same flexibility to modify the configuration to meet their changing needs.
“Reliability and time to market are the keys to our success, and MaxLinear’s smart engineering designs deliver so we can deliver,As a long-standing supplier, MaxLinear brings innovation and value to our products and our customers.”
Portwell’s Jackie Hsu, co-CEO
About American Portwell Technology
American Portwell Technology, Inc. is a world-leading innovator in the embedded computing market and a Titanium member of the Intel Partner Alliance. American Portwell Technology designs, manufactures, and markets a complete range of PICMG computer boards, embedded computer boards and systems, rackmount systems, and network communication appliances for both OEMs and ODMs. American Portwell is an ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO 14001 and TL 9000 certified company. The company is located in Fremont, California.
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About MaxLinear, Inc.
MaxLinear, Inc. is a leading provider of radio frequency (RF), analog, digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits for the connectivity and access, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multimarket applications. MaxLinear is headquartered in Carlsbad, California.
Ultimation | May 07, 2021
With the global industrial robot market expected to rise at a 9% annual pace to $75.84 billion by 2025, Ultimation Industries LLC is extending its Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) line-up to provide automated systems that allow businesses of all sizes to turn their facilities into fully integrated warehouses. For over 30 years, Ultimation has been a leader in conveyor technology and automation.
Ultimation has added warehouse robotics built by OTTO Motors of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada to their full line of material handling solutions. The addition of OTTO devices, according to Canny, is a good compliment to the company's newly announced strategic relationship with Denmark's Nord-Modules, which manufactures top modules for AMRs. These collaborations position Ultimation Industries as a one-stop-shop for the whole AMR kit.
The new OTTO 1500, available from Ultimation, is designed to transport pallet-scale loads weighing up to 4,000 lbs. autonomously through busy factories and warehouses. With a maximum speed of two meters per second (about 4.5 mph), the OTTO 1500 delivers more payload more quickly and efficiently than any other AMR in its class. Unlike manual pallet jacks and forklifts, the OTTO 1500 moves the heaviest payloads in complex conditions with speed, safety, and agility. It is most widely used to connect current automated processes, such as machining centers, welding cells, packaging cells, palletizers, or stretch wrappers.
Unlike automated guided vehicle (AGV) or cart (AGC) systems, which require a route or track to follow or use wires or lasers, warehouse robots read their environment using integrated sensors. Once an AMR has been assigned to a warehouse, it will move from point A to point B on a single order with no human intervention.
AMRs, when properly implemented, will also help increase the overall safety efficiency of a warehouse operation. AMRs can handle loads that humans cannot, and when equipped with the appropriate top module, they avoid the repetitive bending and stretching associated with loading and unloading. They are easy to incorporate, adaptable, and can be used to supplement current material handling systems without reconfiguring production lines or factory footprints.
Although warehouse robots provide tremendous flexibility, certain tasks, such as accumulating or buffering, are better suited to floor-mounted motor-driven roller conveyors or overhead control and free conveyors. “The optimal facility plan will take this into consideration and link material handling processes as an integrated whole,” Canny said.
Ultimation is the leading direct-to-consumer conveyor maker, specializing in resolving efficiency issues with quick-to-deploy solutions. The company develops, produces, and implements material handling equipment and has the capability of manufacturing automation components and subassemblies.
Ultimation Industries, LLC is a woman-owned industry leader in conveyor technology and automation. Ultimation, which was established in 1989, develops, manufactures, and installs machinery and equipment, automated devices, tire and wheel processing lines, and conveyor systems for customers all over the Americas. The firm has a line of proprietary automation systems and is also a Jervis Webb Conveyor Systems integrator. Ultimation's e-commerce channel offers conveyor equipment from Ultimation, Interroll, Itoh Denki, Jervis Webb, and other manufacturers. Ultimation was named one of the Inc. 5000's fastest-growing private businesses in America in 2020.
Matroid | October 14, 2020
Matroid, the main U.S. PC vision (CV) supplier and a world chief in AI, today reported it has brought $20 million up in Series B financing drove by Energize Ventures with cooperation from existing speculators New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Intel Capital, and others. The new financing carries absolute subsidizing to $33.5 million. Expanding on the undertaking achievement of its item, Matroid plans to use the new subsidizing to quicken item advancement and go-to-showcase extension in assembling, mechanical IOT (IIOT), and video security markets. Inside assembling and IIOT, Energize's corporate financial specialists incorporate General Electric, Schneider Electric, Caterpillar, Invenergy, and others.
Programming characterized sensors that work on symbolism caught by ordinary cameras are rapidly turning into the zenith sensor. Sensors are basic for some ventures, government offices, and public wellbeing associations. In any case, an assortment of variables have restricted the extent of arrangements, including the intricacy, corner-cases, and preparing costs related with building video and AI pipelines of adequate throughput, in a way where an organization can occur in minutes, rather than months. The Matroid item empowers non-programming associations in big business to tackle the intensity of programming characterized sensors. Established in 2016 by Stanford architects and teachers with elite ability in AI, AI, and PC Vision, Matroid opens the guarantee of programming characterized sensors through unequaled convenience in the whole sending lifecycle.
“Enterprises have tasted the value that software-defined sensors can provide, but are also feeling the pain of rolling out a conventional computer vision team,” said Reza Zadeh, CEO and Founder of Matroid. “Deployments of CV are constrained by Machine Learning engineering time, operator training time, camera interoperability, scaling AI computations, and the difficulty of iterating on neural networks performing important tasks like detailed inspection. With the Matroid product, we set a new standard for ease of use in deploying sensors. With this funding we are excited to take the next steps to bring software-defined sensors to manufacturing and industrial IOT enterprises.”
“Reza and the Matroid team are building a world-class platform that marries the expertise of engineers and operators with next-generation computer vision technologies and machine learning algorithms,” said John Tough, Managing Partner of Energize Ventures. “The Energize team is excited to deploy our financial, operational and industry capital to help Matroid capture market share in energy, industrials and IoT.”
“As the renewable sector continues to grow, we must be on the forefront of new innovations and tools to push us into the future — new digital technologies like Matroid will expedite the energy transition,” said Michael Polsky, Founder and CEO of Invenergy. Invenergy is a leading privately held, global developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions, and currently uses video data captured from drones to analyze the state of its wind turbines and other renewable energy sites.
Matroid is an easy-to-use and intuitive studio for creating and deploying detectors (computer vision models) to search visual media for people, behavior, objects, and events -- no programming required. Once a detector is developed, Matroid can search any live stream or recorded video, providing real time notifications when the object of interest has been detected. Customers use Matroid in construction, manufacturing, security, media, retail and other industries. Matroid reduces operating costs associated with manually searching through video footage for an object or a specific person, and increases efficiency, safety, and regulatory compliance. Matroid can be deployed in the cloud or on-premise.
Energize Ventures is a pre-growth venture capital firm located in Chicago. We partner with entrepreneurs to advance the next generation of energy and industry by investing in software and business model innovations. Since it was founded in 2016, Energize has made 14 investments spanning cybersecurity, mobility, data analytics, operational efficiency and distributed assets.