Virtual I/O expansion module helps deploy AI, says Innodisk

The burgeoning AI and AIoT markets could result in 29 billion IoT edge devices by 2030, reports Innodisk. Such a large volume of edge devices means it is necessary to consider not only remote management, but also how to deploy devices more effectively in order to efficiently implement applications. In response, the company has introduced the InnoEx Virtual I/O expansion module, which helps global industries efficiently deploy various AI smart applications through the integration of software and hardware using virtual I/O expansion technology. 

The integration helps enterprises effectively control computer equipment budgets and solve the issue of complicated circuits that cannot be cut and arranged, said Innodisk. It can be extended through virtual I/O technology using only a single computer system and a single network line, and can be connected with the InnoEx modules in series to flexibly expand the number and distance of terminal devices.

Miniaturisation in the computer world means the space for I/O expansion slots has been greatly reduced. If integrators want to increase the number of I/O expansion devices, they often have to redesign the motherboard, which can be time-consuming and not always economical. Embedded expansion cards by Innodisk can solve these issues but not all motherboards can use expansion cards. Innodisk has therefore launched InnoEx virtual I/O expansion. It allows for a single route to connect a single computer system and functions like a multi-function transfer port, effectively expanding the number and distance of external devices through virtual signals. 

Benefits include high system compatibility and it does not occupy the I/O slots on the original computer system. Another advantage is that it does not require changes to the mechanism design. It can also be integrated into the existing network architecture to achieve borderless I/O expansion through networking.

The InnoEx virtual I/O expansion module supports interfaces such as HDMI and USB.  It is suitable for applications such as smart retail, smart image recognition, digital display, and AGV smart handling. It can also realise various industrial applications and advanced AI intelligent applications.

Innodisk has also announced that it will launch Serial and CANbus versions in the second quarter of 2023.

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