Klas Unveils The TRX D8, Data-logging Hardware for Autonomous Vehicle Development

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

April 29, 2021


Klas Unveils The TRX D8, Data-logging Hardware for Autonomous Vehicle Development

Klas, a global provider of edge intelligence solutions, announced an all new piece of hardware purpose-built for autonomous vehicle research & development: the TRX D8.

The TRX D8 is an in-vehicle storage and compute system, a ruggedized device designed specifically for logging the large amounts of data accumulated in autonomous vehicle drive testing. This is ideal for developers to better assess and fine-tune algorithms throughout the R&D process so they can bring autonomous vehicles to market that operate safely in all environments.

Klas’ experience in developing edge computing solutions for government and rail applications was key to building the TRX D8, which is already in market with an automotive OEM and a rugged and compact design proven to perform in extreme environments. The new TRX D8 collects data from onboard Ethernet and Controller Area Networks (CAN) and can hold up to 240 TB of storage in one easy-to-remove cassette.

The compute element of the TRX D8 runs on Klas’ field-proven operating system, KlasOS Keel. Keel is purpose-built for edge locations where security and reliability are critical, and has a built-in hypervisor that provides flexibility to OEMs so they can run their own software and have complete control of their data.

“Anyone who’s worked in product development knows how valuable an open software architecture is in terms of risk reduction and design flexibility, which is why we prioritize that approach for all of our solutions, including the TRX D8,” said Frank Murray, CTO of Klas. “This allows our customers to work with their preferred vendors and build bespoke solutions that meet their precise needs, while simultaneously addressing the security risks associated with a full-stack operating system.”

Features of the TRX D8 include:

  • Intel Xeon D CPU for rapid data ingest

    ○ Options for 8, 12, or 16 Cores

    ○ Upto96GBRAM

  • Data collection and transfer through removable 8-drive cassette

    ○ Up to 240 TB onboard storage

    ○ SATA/SAS support, each with 12Gb/s or 6Gb/s respectively

  • Low power consumption tailored for automotive batteries

          ○ Vehicle power adapter for 10-36 V DC operation

  • Localized disk encryption for maximum data security

  • Modular architecture for easy iteration and upgrades

  • Virtualization layer supports in-vehicle data cleaning and organization

For a complete list of product specification visit: https://www.klasgroup.com/products/trx-d8/

For more information on Klas and its edge intelligence solutions, visit: www.klasgroup.com

Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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