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Robot receives intelligence and autonomy

May 8, 2024
Yaskawa Motoman Next powered by NVidia Jetson Orin and Wind River Linux

Wind River Linux is being used by Yaskawa Electric, manufacturer of servo motor, ac drives and industrial robots, in the development of Motoman Next, which is designed for autonomous adaptivity to the environment and to make judgments with advanced artificial-intelligence (AI) capabilities. Yaskawa’s new robot is powered by NVidia Jetson Orin and Wind River Linux to realize intelligence and autonomy. It is designed to handle challenging tasks in unstructured environments, driving automation into new application areas currently needing human-level perception and judgment capabilities.

“AI is opening exciting new pathways. We are pleased to support the next generation of AI-capable robotics from an industry leader such as Yaskawa in combination with Wind River Linux and NVidia Jetson,” said Amit Ronen, chief customer officer, Wind River. “Together with Yaskawa and NVidia, we can help teams rapidly innovate in machine learning and AI to deliver more intelligent systems.”

Motoman Next is designed to execute tasks based on its judgment of changes in the surrounding environment and the system’s status, including accounting for other robots and peripheral devices. It is designed to perform tasks that previously required human recognition skills and judgment, such as navigating an optimal path to avoid obstacles or sorting and boxing items of varying color and shape, as well as tasks with many variables and uncertain elements. Wind River Linux is used in the Motoman Next autonomous control unit, running on NVidia Jetson Orin.

A platform for edge AI, embedded and robotics applications, NVidia Jetson provides scalable software, an AI stack, production-ready ROS packages and application-specific AI workflows. It can share AI software and cloud-native workflows while delivering the power-efficient performance required for building software-defined autonomous machines and edge AI. The combination of Wind River Linux and the NVidia Jetson platform enables advanced-AI edge applications.

Wind River Linux is designed to help teams develop, deploy and operate embedded solutions running on a purpose-built Linux operating system. Wind River Linux is designed to offer high stability and security to meet high-performance needs for mission-critical applications.

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