NVIDIA rolls out IGX platform for safe, secure autonomous systems

NVIDIA is introduced the easily programmable and configurable NVIDIA IGX platform to help advance security and safety for sensitive industries such as manufacturing, logistics and healthcare. The platform for safe, secure autonomous systems improves human-machine collaboration across industries.

For manufacturing and logistics, IGX provides an additional layer of safety in highly regulated physical-world factories and warehouses. For medical edge AI use cases, IGX delivers secure, low-latency AI inference to address the clinical demand for instantaneous insights from a range of instruments and sensors for medical procedures, such as robotic-assisted surgery and patient monitoring.

“As humans increasingly work with robots, industries are setting new functional safety standards for AI and computing. NVIDIA IGX will help companies build the next generation of software-defined industrial and medical devices that can safely operate in the same environment as humans,” said Jensen Huang, Founder and CEO of NVIDIA.

The NVIDIA IGX platform combines hardware and software and includes the NVIDIA IGX Orin AI supercomputer for autonomous industrial machines and medical devices.

IGX Orin developer kits will be available early next year for enterprises to rapidly prototype and test products. Each kit comes with an integrated GPU and CPU for high-performance AI compute and an NVIDIA ConnectX-7 SmartNIC to deliver high-performance networking with ultra-low latency and advanced security.

First users in factory automation and healthcare

One of the first IGX users is Siemens which is working with NVIDIA on a vision for autonomous factories. It is collaborating with NVIDIA to expand its work across industrial computing, including with digital twins and for the industrial metaverse.

“As part of our ongoing collaboration with NVIDIA to speed digital transformation, Siemens will bring IGX technologies to our industrial compute portfolio to help reduce repetitive tasks in the factory and better support workers. By more closely connecting smart devices on the factory floor and using that data for intelligent machine operation in production, we can increase efficiency and flexibility for our customers,” said Rainer Brehm, CEO of Factory Automation at Siemens.

In the healthcare industry, more than 70 medical-device companies, startups and medical centres have been using Holoscan to advance their efforts in deploying AI applications to clinical settings and evolving medical devices to a software-as-a-service business model.

They include Activ Surgical, Moon Surgical and Proximie, which are building next-generation surgical systems.

With Clara Holoscan and IGX, Moon Surgical said it saved significant engineering time in its imaging pipelines, management system and hardware while developing its next-generation Maestro surgical robot assistant.

“By harnessing NVIDIA Clara Holoscan to power Maestro’s next-gen capabilities, Moon is creating an exceptional surgical experience. This collaboration has accelerated Moon’s time to market and allowed the team to focus on developing novel features and algorithms, confident that cutting-edge computing architecture is at the heart of the Maestro System,” said Anne Osdoit, CEO of Moon Surgical.

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