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Jetson powered system offers a choice between PoE and MIPI SerDes cam links

Jan 18, 2022 — by Eric Brown 340 views

Nexcom’s IP67 protected “ATC 3530” in-vehicle and V2X computer runs Nexcom Aided Linux (NAL) on an up to 21-TOPS Jetson Xavier NX and offers a choice of 4x GbE with PoE or 4x MIPI-CSI-2 SerDes camera connections with V-By-One support.

Nexcom announced a compact, rugged, AI-enabled edge AI system designed primarily for in-vehicle and vehicle-related applications including vehicle-to-everything (V2X). The ATC 3530 also supports M-to-M, X2X, ANPR (automatic number-plate recognition), car recognition, AIoT gateways and nodes, industrial systems, and “cloud-edge AI over mesh wireless” applications. The ATC 3530, which updates an earlier, Jetson TX2 based ATC 3200 system for ADAS, supplies an in-house, Ubuntu 18.04 based Nexcom Aided Linux (NAL) stack with Nvidia Jetpack 4.5 integrations that runs on Nvidia’s Jetson Xavier NX module.

ATC 3530
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The ATC 3530 is available in two SKUs that offer a choice of two different technologies for connected smart cameras. The ATC 3530-IP7-4C provides 4x GbE IP cam ports with 802.3af/at compliant Power-over-Ethernet for up to 30W total. The ATC 3530-IP7-4M model instead supplies 4x MIPI-CSI2 SerDes links via Fakra Z-code ports.

In either case, you get rugged X-coded connectors and support for up to 4K2K decode on each port. The only other difference between the models is that the PoE-equipped 4C model has a single standard GbE port while the MIPI-equipped 4M model has 2x similarly X-coded GbE ports.


The MIPI SerDes technology supports Thine’s V-by-One SerDes technology to reach 25 meters (or 12 meters for 4K2K). “The system uses an encoder chip at the MIPI V-by-One SerDes camera, and the ATC 3530 decodes the incoming video stream,” says Nexcom. NAL ships with a MIPI SerDes driver among other drivers. IP67-protected camera options include 1080p60 and 720p30 models, both with 15-meter support.

ATC 3530 4C (left) and 4M rear panels
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The Jetson Xavier NX has 6x ARMv8.2 Carmel CPU cores, as well as a 384-core Volta GPU and 48 Tensor cores for up to 21 TOPS AI processing. The module also offers 8GB LPDDR4x and 8-32GB eMMC 5.1, with the ATC 3530 supplying 16GB eMMC.

The ATC 3530 is equipped with a microSD slot and an M.2 M-key 2280/3080 slot with PCIe 3.0 x4 for an NVMe SSD. There is also a mini-PCIe slot (PCIe 3.0 + USB 2.0) and an M.2 B-key 3042/3052 slot with 2x micro-SIM slots for cellular connections. Antenna mounts include 2x WiFi, 2x LTE/5G, and GNSS, which works with the built-in U-blox NEO-M8N GNSS module.

The system provides an HDMI 2.0A/B port at up to 3840 x 2160@60Hhz plus 2x USB 3.2 Gen1 (USB 3.0), and a micro-USB OTG port. An M12 multiport combines 2x RS-232, console, and isolated CAN 2.0A/2.0B. Other features include 4-in/4-out DIDO, a 3D accelerometer/gyroscope, and 12x LEDs. The front panel with the HDMI and USB ports can be covered with a faceplate.

The 213 x 167 x 82.8mm system has a 9-36VDC with ignition controls, optional remote power on/off, and OCP & UVP protections. The system supports -30 to 70°C temperatures unless you are using PoE, in which case the upper limit drops to 60°C.

The ATC 3530 provides 10%~95%, non-condensing RH tolerance, 2G vibration resistance per IEC 60068-2-64 and MIL-STD-810G Method 516.6 and Method 516.E, and 20g shock resistance per MIL-STD-810G, Method 516.6. Product life-cycle support extends past 2026.

Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the ATC 3530. More information may be found in Nexcom’s announcement and product page.

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