AI and machine vision projects are no different from other embedded processor projects that need to meet budget, performance, and the operational goals of a program. But the path to that success incorporates decidedly different development workflows. As an example, unlike typical embedded system deployments, which may require occasional hardware or software updates, the updates required for AI inference engines must be regularly scheduled and built into the operational plan to incorporate deep learning results from new (or changing) data. Another common occurrence in AI projects is the underestimation of the amount of data required for successful AI training.
Stouffville, ON -- October 27, 2020 – Wolf Advanced Technology (WOLF) is pleased to announce that the SOSA™ Aligned Multi-Role RF High Performance & Embedded Compute (RF HPEC) System paper and presentation, created in conjunction with Herrick Technology Laboratories, was delivered at the 2020 SOSA Technical Interchange Meeting is now available on the SOSA website
Stouffville, ON -- September 25, 2020 – Wolf Advanced Technology (WOLF) is pleased to announce it placed No. 181 on the 2020 Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies.
Stouffville, ON -- September 9, 2020 – Wolf Advanced Technology announced today that its VPX3U-XAVIER-SBC was recognized with a Platinum Award by the 2020 Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards. An independent panel of judges from the aerospace and defense industries awarded WOLF’s 3U VPX product with its highest tier recognition with this award.
Stouffville, ON -- August 25, 2020 – Wolf Advanced Technology (WOLF) and Advanced Embedded Solutions (AES) are pleased to announce that AES will be representing WOLF's rugged video and AI products in the UK and Ireland.
Stouffville, ON -- July 31, 2020 – Wolf Advanced Technology is pleased to announce that it is currently shipping the first early access units of VPX3U-XAVIER-SBC with general availability scheduled for October 2020.
Stouffville, ON -- July 15, 2020 – Wolf Advanced Technology (WOLF) and Vic Myers and Associates (Vic Myers) are pleased to announce that Vic Meyers will be representing WOLF’s rugged video and AI products in Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, and Indiana.
June 9, 2020 -- Herrick Technology Laboratories Inc. (HTL) and Wolf Advanced Technology (WOLF) are pleased to announce that WOLF will be supplying a newly designed SOSA aligned module, the VPX3U-RTX5000-SWITCH, to be integrated into new Herrick adaptive waveform processing applications. The module will include the NVIDIA® Quadro® RTX 5000 GPU and switch backplane capabilities for PCIe Gen 4 and 10GigE, resulting in a solution that is designed to save valuable slot space in 3U VPX systems.
Stouffville, ON -- June 4, 2020 -- Wolf Advanced Technology (WOLF) is pleased to announce the upcoming Alpha Products Webinar, on June 24, 2020, at 1PM EDT, which will introduce five new NVIDA®-based WOLF products and concepts in less than thirty minutes.
Stouffville, ON -- March 18, 2020 (updated November 2, 2020) -- At Wolf Advanced Technology (WOLF) we are adapting and evolving our emergency management procedures to respond to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak to ensure the safety of our customers, employees, and their families, as well as any visitors to our office.
At this time WOLF is operating at full capacity and all sales and service employees are available through communication via phone and/or virtual meeting software.
Stouffville, ON -- March 5, 2020 -- Wolf Advanced Technology (WOLF) and Metromatics are pleased to announce the appointment of Metromatics as WOLF’s Australia and New Zealand distributor for rugged modules that capture, process, encode, display, and enable AI inference for sensor video and data. With a thirty-year history of providing embedded computing and system solutions sales, distribution and support, and offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide, Metromatics is the perfect partner to distribute WOLF’s wide range of rugged graphics and video modules across Australasia.
Stouffville, ON -- February 18, 2020 -- Wolf Advanced Technology (WOLF) is doing its part to support the NewSpace market segment which is made up of over eighty companies that aim to lower the cost of space applications and travel.
"It's gratifying to know that so many of the live videos we see from space are made possible, in part, because of our products," said Greg Maynard, President and CTO of WOLF, "and that we're contributing to lowering the cost of launches and space travel overall."
The Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Consortium grew out of a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) initiative to define open standard electronic architectures to ensure component interoperability, reduce costs, encourage innovation, and help to ensure a supply of needed products.
Stouffville, ON -- February 10, 2019 -- Wolf Advanced Technology Inc. (WOLF) is pleased to announce its membership in Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Consortium, which operates under The Open Group. The SOSA Consortium calls for a collaborative effort across the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) community, and enjoys an active membership across aerospace, defense, and government leadership.
"We've been promoting and supporting Open COTS designs for years in our product line so joining SOSA is a natural evolution," said Mike Kreischer, Director of Business Development for WOLF.
Stouffville, ON -- January 27, 2019 -- Wolf Advanced Technology (WOLF) is pleased to announce that it has been promoted to the Elite Solution Provider status, for Quadro and Tesla products, by NVIDIA®.
"This recognition by NVIDIA reflects our ongoing success in the defense and aerospace market segments," said Greg Maynard, WOLF CTO, "and reflects our larger vision which is to give our partners a technical edge to help win programs valued in the billions of dollars."
Stouffville, Ontario, December 18, 2019
Wolf Advanced Technology (WOLF) is pleased to announce that it has opened an office in the UK to bolster support for customers in the UK, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
"We've always done a significant amount of business outside of the Americas and opening an office in the UK makes the most sense at this time," said Craig McLaren, CEO of WOLF.
Stouffville, Ontario, December 3, 2019
Wolf Advanced Technology (WOLF) is pleased to announce it has received AS9100D Quality Management System – Requirements for Aviation, Space and Defense Organizations certification.
"The adoption of AS9100D has been a corporate commitment to continuous quality management improvement for all levels of employees and management," said Greg Maynard, President and CTO of WOLF, "which is something we've been doing from the beginning, but this formally aligns with the latest quality management system designed specifically for aerospace and defense."
Stouffville, Ontario, September 18, 2019 - Canadian Business and Maclean’s today ranked Wolf Advanced Technology (WOLF) No.181 on the annual Growth 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Produced by Canada’s premier business and current affairs media brands, the Growth 500 ranks Canadian businesses on five-year revenue growth. Growth 500 winners are profiled in a special print issue of Canadian Business published with Maclean’s magazine and online at CanadianBusiness.com and Growth500.ca.
Stouffville, Ontario, August 21, 2019
WOLF Advanced Technology (WOLF) is pleased to announce three new VPX products as part of a High-Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) family.
“Our modules are deployed to missions where reliability and performance save lives,” said Greg Maynard, CTO of WOLF. “This new set of products also adds support for SDI, ARINC 818-2, CoaXPress, CVBS, and other analog and digital sensor capture and display interfaces with the addition of our FGX technology.”
Stouffville, ON, May 14, 2019
WOLF Advanced Technology (WOLF), is pleased to announce the VPX3U-XAVIER-SBC (WOLF-12TP), a 3U VPX compliant solution that includes an NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier module and the WOLF FGX for use in military, aerospace and other extreme harsh environment applications.
Stouffville, ON, March 15, 2019 -- WOLF Advanced Technology (WOLF) is pleased to announce it will be attending NVIDIA GTC 2019, in San Jose, California which is scheduled between March 17-21, 2019.
“The NVIDIA GTC Conference attracts the who's who of the NVIDIA ecosystem and we are pleased to promote NVIDIA solutions that are enabled for the rigors of military and aerospace deployments over land, sea, air, and space", said Patrick Lannigan, Director of Marketing for WOLF.
Stouffville, ON, January 23, 2019 -- Wolf Advanced Technology (WOLF) is pleased to announce its XMC-E9171-VO (WOLF 3196) board with support for up to five 4K outputs and support for real-time operating system (RTOS) VXWorks, Windows and Linux drivers, with additional RTOS drivers available upon request.
Stouffville, ON, January 28, 2019 -- WOLF Advanced Technology (WOLF) is pleased to announce it will be attending Embedded World 2019, in Nuremberg, Germany, which is scheduled between February 26-29, 2019.
“Embedded World has always been an important trade show to reconnect with our European customers and partners,” said Patrick Lannigan, Director of Marketing at WOLF Advanced Technology. “One of our first large military customers was located in Europe, and since that time we've expanded our business considerably and continue to see impressive innovation.”
Stouffville, ON, January 21, 2019 -- WOLF Advanced Technology (WOLF) is pleased to announce it has selected TE Connectivity's MULTIGIG RT 3 Rugged and RT 2-S Rugged connectors for its VPX 3U and VPX 6U products.
"We've worked with TE Connectivity's products for well over a decade and they've always proven to be exceedingly reliable for our military and aerospace applications", said Greg Maynard, Chief Technology Officer for WOLF.
January 15, 2019: NASA's Low Boom Flight Demonstration project features an eXternal Vision System (XVS), which is designed to replace a supersonic jet's traditional front windshield with video display technology.
WOLF has designed two circuit boards for use by NASA including our XMC-E9171-VO, which features an AMD E9171 processor with up to five 4K inputs, and the XMC-FGX2-SDI-4IO board, which can accommodate CoaXPress, 12G-SDI, CVBS, DisplayPort, PCIe x8 Gen3, STANAG 3350, and VGA.
Stouffville, ON, September 26, 2018 -- WOLF Advanced Technology ("WOLF") is pleased to announce that NASA has chosen two WOLF video graphics modules to take part in the development of NASA's X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft. The X-59 is designed to reduce the noise generated by a sonic boom.
The chosen products, the XMC-E9171-VO (WOLF-3196) and the XMC-FGX2-SDI-4IO (WOLF-3180), provide video capture, process, encode, and display capabilities to help enable NASA's "windowless cockpit display system", the eXternal Vision System (XVS). NASA's XVS is designed to replace a front windshield with video display technology in NASA's Low-Boom Flight Demonstration mission.
Stouffville, Ontario, September 13, 2018 - WOLF Advanced Technology ("WOLF") is pleased to announce the MXC2-FGX (WOLF-7080), which is a small form factor video capture, process and display module that is capable of subframe latency. The engine that drives this module is WOLF’s Frame Grabber eXtreme (FGX). The FGX accepts multiple digital and analog video inputs and provides conversion from one format to another. The data output from each channel can be streamed with subframe latency to the host system or to a GPU for analysis, enhancement, encode, display or storage.
Stouffville, Ontario, July 5, 2018 - WOLF announces a new WMXM-P2000E-VO (WOLF-9176) module which uses a WOLF chip-down design to provide advanced NVIDIA® Quadro® Pascal™-based GPU technology on an extremely rugged small form factor module, making it an excellent choice for aerospace and defense applications. These modules, manufactured in North America with full component traceability, have been designed specifically for use in harsh environments with mission critical reliability requirements.
The WOLF Pack is growing at a phenomenal rate and it is time for us to upgrade to a much larger facility to meet our customers' future needs. The new location triples our space and has been designed to maximize our collaboration, innovation, technology development and production capabilities.
WOLF Advanced Technology announces two new 3U VPX models which combine NVIDIA Pascal P5000, 6.2 TFLOP GPUs with high-density features, ruggedized for harsh aerospace and defense environments. These new modules meet MIL-STD-810 and MIL-HDBK-217 and are manufactured to IPC A 610 and IPC 6012 Class 3. The processing performance provided by these modules is the highest currently available to aerospace and defense, with an unprecedented 62 GFLOPS/Watt.
Aerospace and defense applications demand products that are sensitive to their SWaP (size, weight and power) restrictions. In the past this put some of the highest performing GPU products out of reach because their power requirements, acceptable for a desktop computer or a data center, were too high for a device intended for an embedded application. This led embedded solution providers to use GPUs that were targeted mainly at the mobile and laptop market. While these mobile GPUs had lower power requirements they also were not as high performing as the same generation’s desktop GPUs.
WOLF’s Frame Grabber eXtreme powers the XMC-FGX-SDI-4IO providing Video Capture, Conversion and Display.
The versatile WOLF XMC-FGX-SDI-4IO (WOLF-3080) module accepts multiple simultaneous inputs and can convert to multiple output formats, including 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and analog (CVBS, STANAG 3350 or VGA). The module is powered by a WOLF Frame Grabber eXtreme (FGX) capture engine which leverages Xilinx® FPGAs to provide capture and conversion of video data from one standard to another. The module can also accept video sources from a GPU DisplayPort output or from a PCIe DMA stream for real-time conversion to SDI or analog output. The raw data from each channel can be streamed with sub-frame latency to the host system or to a GPU for analysis, enhancement, encode or display.
WOLF Pascal-Based XMC Video Boards bring Tremendous Processing/Watt Advantages to Aerospace and Defense.
WOLF Advanced Technology announces new XMC boards which integrate Pascal GP107, 2.3 TFLOP GPUs, designed to operate in harsh aerospace and defense environments. These new, chip-down XMC boards are tested to meet MIL-STD-810 and MIL-HDBK-217, and meet the quality standards of IPC-A-610 Class 3 and IPC 6012 Class 3. The NVIDIA Pascal GP107 provides excellent performance per watt with an extremely impressive 46 GFLOPS/Watt.
The latest generation of NVIDIA® PascalTM and AMD Polaris GPUs are providing enormous increases in processing speed. However, these new GPUs have dropped native support for legacy analog formats. While this may be an obvious move for a GPU chip designer, whose primary market no longer requires analog support, it does present a challenge to customers who do still require legacy analog support. WOLF’s solution is a new FIT module, a Flexible Interface Technology module, which can be used to provide analog format support to new VPX products.
This document describes WOLF’s VPX PCI-Express port configuration options as it applies to both the VPX3U and VPX6U system architectures.
WOLF’s VPX 3U/6U modular solutions have been designed to facilitate rapid module integration into today’s highly configurable rugged system designs. WOLF’s VPX solutions combine advanced technology graphics and compute modules, legacy analog and high speed digital capture, process and display, and VPX interface configurability supporting multiple host interface options.
Advances in graphics processors offer extremely powerful computing capabilities for image capture and processing suited to aerospace and defense applications, while addressing past concerns regarding both heat dissipation and power consumption that arise when implementing GPUs in constrained, rugged embedded environments. The NVIDIA Tegra K1 GPU architecture offers a performance/power combination ideally suited for high-performance embedded applications, especially those where there is a desire to offload the graphics processing from the main computing engine yet still facilitate data transfers between the two, typically over a PCI Express-based switched fabric connection such as XMC or VPX.
The VNX VITA 74 specification, ratified on December 13, 2017, is a response to an industry demand for a smaller form factor module that maintains many of the advantages of VPX. The VNX specification defines the:
The small form factor MXC modules can be combined to make extremely powerful video capture, display and encoding solutions on VPX, VME, CompactPCI, COMExpress designs and OEM products. The envelope size for MXC is equal to the board outline, due to the interface connector used and its position on the bottom of the board, giving it a size advantage over MXM modules with similar functionality.
Modular COTS building blocks for aerospace and defense requirements enable WOLF to provide analog/digital video capture, CUDA/OpenCL GPGPU processing, H.264/H.265 encoding and display solutions for VPX, XMC and other SFF architectures.
The aerospace and defense industries are experiencing an ever-increasing demand for situational awareness capabilities for applications such as surveillance and autonomous navigation. The majority of new military and aerospace projects will require some degree of image capture, video processing, encoding and display capabilities as a part of the system.
The VPX architecture is designed around the concept of a “system-in-a-chassis” topology. Each card performs a single function that adds to an overall system, connected through a backplane. In that model, too much functionality on any single card would quickly saturate the available bandwidth.
However, advancements in bandwidth speed and inter-connectors have greatly increased the data transfer rates between discrete cards. For instance, a 16-lane PCIe link using the ubiquitous v2.x serial fabric is capable of transmitting eight gigabytes of data per second, and the newer v3.0 can attain transfer rates of sixteen gigabytes per second.