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Teradyne to invest heavily in AI

by Marco van der Hoeven

Teradyne Robotics has announced its collaboration with NVIDIA, aiming to enhance the capabilities of its robotics offerings through advanced AI technologies. This partnership involves integrating NVIDIA’s accelerated computing into Teradyne’s robotics, particularly Universal Robots (UR) and MiR’s products, to broaden their application potential and improve their functionality.

At the NVIDIA GTC global AI conference, UR is showcasing an AI-powered autonomous inspection solution. This solution features the integration of NVIDIA’s technologies, including the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Orin module, the cuMotion path planner from the NVIDIA Isaac Manipulator platform, along with UR’s PolyScope X software and the UR5e cobot platform. This integration is expected to significantly expedite path planning, achieving speeds 50 to 80 times faster than current solutions. The inclusion of these advanced technologies is anticipated to enhance efficiency and expand the range of applications feasible for automation customers.

Alongside this development, Teradyne Robotics is introducing the MiR1200 Pallet Jack, an AI-driven solution for pallet handling. Powered by the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Orin module and employing 3D vision, the MiR1200 Pallet Jack is designed to accurately identify, pick up, and deliver pallets. Its precision and adaptability to dynamic environments position MiR as a comprehensive provider for autonomous material handling in factory and warehouse settings.

Ujjwal Kumar, Group President of Teradyne Robotics, expressed that this collaboration with NVIDIA is just the beginning of Teradyne’s AI-centric initiatives. The company plans to continue enhancing its hardware and software systems to establish UR and MiR as leading platforms for AI applications in robotics. This ambition is shared by Deepu Talla, Vice President of Robotics and Edge Computing at NVIDIA, who highlighted the role of NVIDIA’s Isaac platform in advancing robotics autonomy through innovations in AI and computing.

The partnership is poised to deliver tangible benefits for customers, particularly in areas requiring autonomous inspection and pallet handling. These applications, supported by NVIDIA’s advanced computing and AI capabilities, promise to simplify programming, reduce computation times, and enable efficient and accurate navigation in complex environments. The ultimate goal of these developments is to increase the scalability and efficiency of automation in various industrial settings.

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