In this Industry 4.0 era, as digital transformation has become increasingly prevalent across various industry sectors, within the AgTech space, automation and robotics are also changing farming practices at an advancing pace. When thinking about agriculture, many of us tend to think about old-school farming. On the contrary, there evidently observes that farmers are taking quick action to modernize almost everything about the farming process, in an effort to tackle the ongoing challenges like climate change as well as the trend of consumers being in charge.


Agricultural Robotics Transforming AgTech

From seed-sowing, weeding and harvesting robots to autonomous tractors and controlled environment farming, agriculture automation and robotics are cultivating the farming industry to become a fully modern environment.


Seed-Sowing Robots

Designed to precisely sow seeds in the fields on ensuring accurate spacing and optimal planting conditions, seed-sowing robots help improve efficiency and reduce labor workforce during the planting process.
  • Requirements: Efficiency, precision, accuracy, rugged, reliability, I/O expansion, anti-shock/vibration.
  • Portwell products: Ruggedized small form factor embedded computing boards and modules.
  • Weeding
    Robots

    Utilizing AI and machine vision to identify and selectively remove weeds from crop fields, weeding robots help reduce the reliance on herbicides, and increase application precision to minimize the impact on the surrounding environment.
  • Requirements: Efficiency, precision, accuracy, rugged, reliability, I/O expansion, anti-shock/vibration, AI capability.
  • Portwell products: Ruggedized GPU servers with application-specific weatherproof I/O connectors.
  • Harvesting Robots

    Equipped with sensors and machine vision technology for automated harvesting of crops, harvesting robots assist in identifying produce ripeness, handling delicate harvesting tasks, and increasing harvesting speed.
  • Requirements: Efficiency, precision, accuracy, consistency, reliability, rugged, compact, waterproof, anti-shock/vibration, AI capability.
  • Portwell products: Ruggedized GPU servers with application-specific weatherproof I/O connectors.


  • Autonomous Tractors

    Self-driving tractors equipped with GPS and advanced sensors can perform tasks like plowing, tilling, and spraying with high precision. Autonomous tractors help optimize the use of resources, reduce labor force, and enhance operational efficiency.
  • Requirements: Efficiency, precision, accuracy, rugged, waterproof, supporting wide operating temperature, anti-shock/vibration, computing power, AI capability, remote management/control.
  • Portwell products: Ruggedized small form factor embedded computing boards and modules, outdoor HMIs.
  • Controlled Environment Farming

    In vertical farming and indoor farming practices, automated systems assist in regulating temperature, humidity, lighting, and nutrient delivery to optimize crop growth and maximize yields.
  • Requirements: Real-time data analytics and intelligence, accuracy, reliability, computing power, I/O expansion.
  • Portwell products: GPU servers with application-specific waterproof I/O connectors, industrial-grade HMIs.
  • Livestock Management

    Automated systems for feeding, milking, and monitoring animal health improve efficiency, reduce manual work, and enhance animal welfare.
  • Requirements: Efficiency, accuracy, safety, rugged, reliability, I/O expansion.
  • Portwell products: Ruggedized GPU servers with application-specific weatherproof I/O connectors, outdoor HMIs, industrial-grade HMIs.


  • Portwell’s Product Offering for Robotics Agriculture

    As a global leader in embedded computing technologies, Portwell offers a diverse portfolio of industrial-grade computing hardware solutions for agriculture automation and robotics applications: computer on modules, embedded boards, outdoor HMIs, customized systems and AI servers. Partnering with Portwell to explore how our rugged, application-specific solutions are designed to accelerate time to market as well as optimize TCO for robotics agriculture implementations.


  • High-quality embedded computing boards and HMI with thermal management, power efficiency and optimized performance.
  • Wide-temperature, low-power embedded computing solutions for rugged outdoor environments.
  • High-performance, scalable AI servers for big data analytics for smart agriculture implementation.
  • Vibration and shock tests, and dustproof and waterproof tests.
  • Long hours’ reliability tests including engineering validation test and design validation test.
  • Extended product longevity support.
  • Specialized design & manufacturing services.


  • Use Cases

    User Case 1: Autonomous Tractor


  • Ruggedized small form factor computer-on-module
  • Modular design with high flexibility for future upgrade
  • 13th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, up to 14C/16T
  • Wide operating temperature: -40°C to 85°C (selected by SKUs)



  • Industrial-grade high performance GPU system in custom ruggedized enclosure
  • Anti-shock, anti-vibration, waterproof and dustproof design
  • Supports up to 2x FHFL GPU cards
  • Removable 2.5” drive bay
  • Flex 800W/1200W removable PSU


  • 12.1” PCAP outdoor touch display with rugged and fan-less design
  • IP65/IP66, waterproof & dustproof connectors and cables
  • 1000 nits LED backlight
  • Resolution of 1024x768 (4:3 ratio)
  • Wide operating temperature: -40°C to 80°C


  • Portwell Value-Added Services

  • Reference carrier board design
  • Gen-to-gen product migration/discussion/selection
  • Customization design support
  • Project management
  • Engineering support
  • Product longevity support
  • Design & manufacturing services





  • User Case 2: Greenhouse Automation/Controlled Environment Farming



  • Enabling AI in greenhouse automation
  • Compact, rugged and fan-less embedded system/IoT gateway
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ mobile processors
  • 6x USB, 2x 2.5GbE, and 3x M.2 for various expansions
  • Supports extra storage
  • Supports wireless connectivity


  • Portwell Value-Added Services

  • Solution discussion with experienced technical know-how
  • Customization design support
  • Project management
  • Engineering support
  • Product longevity support
  • Design & manufacturing services





  • User Case 3: Automatic Harvesting Sorting Platform



  • Rugged and ultra-compact industrial IoT appliance
  • Intel Atom® processor E3900 series
  • CAN bus, GPIOs, wireless connectivity
  • IEC 61000-6 EMC industrial standards
  • Wide operating temperature: -40°C to 85°C (selected by SKUs)


  • Industrial-grade PCAP touch Panel PC with 7th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors
  • IP65/IP66 waterproof and dustproof front panel, waterproof I/O connectors
  • 1200 nits high brightness with anti-glare (AG) and anti-reflection (AR) protection
  • Supports wireless connectivity
  • Wide operating temperature: -30°C to 70°C


  • Portwell Value-Added Services

  • Solution discussion with experienced technical know-how
  • Customization design support
  • Project management
  • Engineering support
  • Product longevity support
  • Design & manufacturing services





  • User Case 4: Robotic Weeder



  • Ruggedized GPU system with custom anti-shock and anti-vibration enclosure
  • Weatherproof I/O connectors
  • Supports up to 4x FHFL GPU cards
  • 500W~2000W 1+1 CRPS PSU
  • Supports IPMI 2.0 server management, storage over IP and remote platform-flash, virtual USB hub


  • Portwell Value-Added Services

  • Solution discussion with experienced technical know-how
  • Customization design support
  • Project management
  • Engineering support
  • Product longevity support
  • Design & manufacturing services



  • Why Choose Portwell


    Portwell has established fully equipped labs in house offering extensive testing services to ensure quality of design and regulatory compliance, including thermal analysis, ingress protection, vibration test, highly accelerated life test (HALT), ESD, EMS, power integrity, on/off testing, EMI and signal integrity.

    As a global leader in embedded computing technologies, and a long-time member of the Intel® Partner Alliance, Portwell has accumulated 30+ years of experience of designing and developing an extensive variety of board- and system-level solutions to meet the application-specific requirements for diverse use cases across industries.

    Portwell provides services at every level in realizing your design concept into product reality. Portwell provides complete services: engineering, product development, production planning, quality assurance, integration, and logistics management. Portwell offers one-stop services to help you shorten the time-to-deployment with high-quality and budget-optimization solutions.









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