Rugged Single Board Computers (Rugged SBC)

Rugged Single Board Computer (SBC) manufacturers and suppliers of rugged SBC for military & industrial applications including; UAV, UAS, drones and robotics
Overview Rugged Single Board Computers (Rugged SBC)
By Technology Editor Last updated: December 21st, 2022

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Single-board computers (SBCs) are complete functional computer systems, encompassing processor, memory, I/O and everything required for a computer to run, on one circuit board. Often based around processors from leading chip manufacturers, they provide a smaller footprint, as well as increased reliability due to fewer points of failure at interconnects, making them ideal for rugged and SWaP-limited robotics applications such as UAVs and drones. Industrial single-board computers are often used for such applications as process control and machine vision.

Single-board computers may connect to other sensors such as cameras, GPS or inertial sensors via a variety of protocols such as SPI, I2C, CAN or USB. Built-in analogue-to-digital conversion will allow them to utilise analogue sensors. Many SBCs will run Linux, other commercial operating systems, or a real-time operating system for mission-critical applications.

An advantage of using single-board computers for robotics is that there is no need to develop a bespoke design, which can be costly and increase development cycle time. If the SBC design is updated to a more advanced version with the same footprint, it can simply be swapped out, providing a level of future-proofing.

Typical robotics applications for single-board computers may include machine vision for obstacle detection and sense-and-avoid capabilities, interfacing with drone autopilots, and streaming video via a wireless connection.

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