AAEON ARES-500AI Embedded PC Case includes 22 Huawei Atlas 200 AI TOPS Acceleration Modules

ARES-500AI is another embedded box PC from AAEON, but instead of the usual Intel or NVIDIA Jetson accelerators, it integrates a Huawei Atlas 200 AI accelerator module based on the Ascent 310 chip offering up to 22 TOPS of AI performance and is designed for the Chinese market.

The Linux computer supports up to 8GB of RAM, SSD and MicroSD storage, and comes with four Gigabit Ethernet ports, some USB 3.0 ports, but somehow no output ports video. Designed for industrial computer vision applications, the system supports a wide power input from 9V to 36V.

AAEON ARES-500AI Embedded PC Huawei Atlas 200 AI Module

ARES-500AI specifications:

  • AI Module – Huawei Atlas 200 based on Ascend 310 with 22/16/8 TOPS INT8, 11/8/4 TFLOPS FP16
  • System Memory – 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4X
  • Storage – Sockets for SSD and microSD cards
  • Video decoding
    • H.265 and H.264 up to 16ch @ 1080p30, up to 2ch @ 4Kp60
    • JPEG decoding up to 1080p @ 256 fps
    • PNG decoding up to 1080p at 24 fps
  • Video encoding – H.265 or H.264 up to 1080p30 (one channel)
  • Networking – 4 Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 Type-A port, 1x USB 3.0 Type-C OTG port for flashing firmware
  • Serial – 1x RS232/422/485
  • Expansion
    • 1x M.2 2280/2242 socket for SSD storage
    • 1x M.2 3042/3052 socket + SIM card slot for 4G/5G cellular connectivity
    • 1x M.2 2230 socket for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
    • 4x DO, 4x DI
  • Debug – 1x console port
  • Power – 9-36V DC via 3-pin Phoenix terminal
  • Dimensions – 151 x 108 x 64mm

ARES-500AI Specifications

The system is running the Huawei EulerOS commercial Linux distribution. I couldn’t find any embedded PC specific resources, but EulerOS documentation is available in English, as is documentation for Ascend AI processors. We have previously written an article about a self-driving bicycle based on the Huawei Ascend A310 AI processor which may provide additional insight into the solution.

AAEON only provides a Chinese product page for the ARES-500AI Embedded PC, and a company representative told CNX Software that since the ARES-500AI uses a Huawei AI chip, it is a localized product that they targeted solely at the Chinese market. I guess no one wants to be sanctioned by the US for using a Huawei solution outside of China, and AAEON already has many similar embedded computers based on NVIDIA Jetson or Intel + AI accelerators that may be easier to develop for the rest of the world. due to the language barrier.

The ARES-500AI was brought to my attention by Smartfly who are reselling the system on Aliexpress for almost $2000. They also provide the ARES-500DK development board, shown below, with the SBC used in the ARES-5000AI for $927. That’s a lot of money for something you won’t get support from the company.

Huawei Ascend 310 ARES-500DK Development Board
The kit also includes a large heatsink, fan and acrylic case, not shown in the photo above.

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