AAEON BOXER-8224AI – An NVIDIA Jetson Nano AI Edge embedded system for drones

AAEON BOXER-8224AI is a thin and lightweight AI edge embedded system solution based on NVIDIA Jetson Nano system-on-module and designed for drones, or other space-constrained applications such as robotics.

AAEON BOXER products are usually Embedded Box PCs with an enclosure, but the BOXER-8224AI is quite different as it’s a compact and 22mm thin board with MIPI CSI interfaces designed to add computer vision capability to unmanned areal vehicles (UAV), as well as several wafers for dual GbE, USB, and other I/Os.

BOXER-8224AI board AI Edge NVIDIA Jetson Nano embedded system

BOXER-8224AI specifications:

  • AI Accelerator – NVIDIA Jetson Nano
    • CPU – Arm Cortex-A57 quad-core processor
    • System Memory – 4GB LPDDR4
    • Storage Device – 16GB eMMC 5.1 flash
    • Dimensions – 70 x 45 mm
  • Storage – microSD slot
  • Display Interface – 1x Mini HDMI 2.0 port
  • Camera interface – 2x MIPI CSI connectors
  • Networking
    • 2x Gigabit Ethernet via wafer connector (1x NVIDIA, 1x Intel i210)
    • Optional WiFi, Bluetooth, and/or cellular connectivity (see Expansion section)
  • USB
    • 4x USB 3.2 Gen 1 via 2x 19-pin connectors
    • 1x micro USB port to flash the OS only
  • I/Os
    • 2x RS232/RS485 via 9-pin wafer connector
    • 1x UART and 2x I2C via 9-pin wafer connector
    • 6x GPIO via 9-pin wafer connector
  • Expansion
    • M.2 2230 E Key socket Wifi/BT
    • 1x Mini Card + SIM card slot for 4G LTE
  • Misc
    • Recovery button
    • Pin header for Reset and Power buttons
    • 2x LAN LED combos via 2x 6-pin wafer connectors
  • Power Supply
    • 12V to 24V DC input via wafer connector
    • 5V DC output via 2-pin wafer connector
  • Dimensions –  120 x 80 x 22mm
  • Weight – Around 100 grams
  • Temperature Range – Operating: -20°C ~ 60°C with 0.5 m/s airflow; storage: -45°C ~ 80°C
  • Storage Humidity – 5 ~ 95% @ 40°C, non-condensing
  • Anti-Vibration – 3.5Grm / 5~500Hz / X/Y/Z axis, random (by M.2 storage)
  • Certifications – CE/FCC Class A

Jetson Nano Embedded System for Drones

The BOXER-8224AI board runs Linux from the NVIDIA Jetpack 4.6 and above (but not Jetpack 5.x), and there’s also a BSP from AAEON that works on PCs running Ubuntu 18.04. Additional information including a datasheet and a more detailed user manual for the hardware and BSP installation can be found on the product page.

Samples of AAEON’s BOXER-8224AI AI Edge embedded system can be purchased for $525 on the company’s eShop. The kit includes the Jetson Nano module, but not the power supply and cord which can be purchased as options. There’s no word about other cables, but the user manual lists an optional BOXER-8224AI Development Cable Kit (SKU: 9651822400) that comes with all the cables for the wafer connectors.

BOXER-8224AI Development Cable Kit

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David Jashi
11 months ago

That SO-DIMM slot adds at least 5 grams to the board. And why use metal stand-offs when there are nylon ones available?

11 months ago

Because of the military specification. The device must resist to high level of vibrations… We are not talking here about small drone doing small and irrelevant things. We are talking about super killers ! I strongly hope we will nether seen them in action.

David Jashi
11 months ago

That’s why I’m surprised they are eating up on possible payload capacity by including fairly avoidable parts.

11 months ago

We doesn’t need so much computing power just for survey some crops or fruit…

David Jashi
11 months ago

Now, that’s a clear contradiction – this thing does not look like anything MIL standards compliant. Flimsy connectors without latches, SO-DIMM slot (it would be one PCB, if done for military application), no EMI protection. No, it’s not even industrial grade, left alone military.

11 months ago

Slot allow etremly fast upgrade, connectors can been glued, EMI and antenna are custom made for the drone. Industrial vs military are very different specification, goals are not the same at all.

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