Teradyne plans to integrate Nvidia’s AI computing tech into its industrial robots to improve performance and efficiencies

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor

March 21, 2024

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Teradyne's logistics robot in action
TERADYNE ROBOTICS

Teradyne Robotics, the parent company of Universal Robots (UR) and Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR), is partnering with Nvidia to bring AI capabilities to industrial robots.

The companies announced the partnership at Nvidia’s GTC AI conference in San Jose this week and heralded it as enabling roboticists to take a “giant leap towards artificial general robotics.”

UR has integrated Nvidia’s AI computing tech into its collaborative robot (cobot) and demonstrated its faster path-planning capabilities at the conference.

Nvidia’s computing power can speed up cobots’ path-planning process by as much as 50 to 80 times, the companies said. 

Teradyne also announced the launch of a new AI-powered solution for pallet handling, the MiR1200 Pallet Jack, at the event.

The Pallet Jack uses AI-enabled pallet detection powered by the Nvidia Jetson AGX Orin module and harnesses 3D vision to identify, pick up and deliver pallets with enhanced precision, even in dynamic and complex environments. 

Teradyne said that its latest product launch has made MiR a one-stop shop for autonomous material handling at factories and warehouses.

“This is the first of a series of planned AI offerings by Teradyne Robotics,” said Ujjwal Kumar, Teradyne Robotics’ group president. “By adding high-performance compute hardware to our control systems, as well as investing in targeted upgrades to our software stacks, we are investing to establish UR and MiR as the preferred robotics platforms for developing and deploying AI applications.

“We are working to shape the future of robotics by combining Nvidia’s state-of-the-art AI platform with Teradyne Robotics’ real-world domain expertise in industrial automation. We’re creating the platform for new solutions to previously unsolvable problems.”

Deepu Talla, Nvidia’s vice president of robotics, added that Nvidia’s Isaac robotics simulation platform is enabling increased autonomy in robotics with rapid advancements in simulation, generative AI, foundation models and optimized edge compute.

“This collaboration with Teradyne Robotics will bring the power of AI and accelerated computing to rapidly growing cobot and AMR markets,” he said. 

This article first appeared in AI Business' sister publication IoT World Today.

About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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