NVIDIA Jetson TX2 want to creep inside AI devices

Posted on Wednesday, Mar 08 2017 @ 11:19 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
NVIDIA reveals the Jetson TX2, a tiny computer module designed for smart devices like commercial drones, smart cameras, intelligent factory robots, and other applications that use artificial intelligence. The Jetson TX2 is about the same size as a credit card, it uses less than 7.5W and offers double the performance or twice the energy efficiency of its predecessor.

The board measures 50mm x 87mm and features a custom processor with two 64-bit NVIDIA Denver 2 cores plus four ARM A57 cores. The real brain of this product is the graphics part of course, the Jetson TX2 is equipped with 256 cores that are based on the Pascal architecture. You can view the full specifications and feature set below. A developer kit will start shipping March 14 for $599 and manufacturers will be able to integrate the board in Q2 2017, with pricing of $399 in 1,000 unit quantities.

NVIDIA Jetson Tx2
NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today unveiled the NVIDIA® Jetson™ TX2, a credit card-sized platform that delivers AI computing at the edge -- opening the door to powerfully intelligent factory robots, commercial drones and smart cameras for AI cities.

Jetson TX2 offers twice the performance of its predecessor, or it can run at more than twice the power efficiency, while drawing less than 7.5 watts of power. This allows Jetson TX2 to run larger, deeper neural networks on edge devices. The result: smarter devices with higher accuracy and faster response times for tasks like image classification, navigation and speech recognition.

"Jetson TX2 brings powerful AI capabilities at the edge, making possible a new class of intelligent machines," said Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of the Tegra business at NVIDIA. "These devices will enable intelligent video analytics that keep our cities smarter and safer, new kinds of robots that optimize manufacturing, and new collaboration that makes long-distance work more efficient."

The Jetson TX2 joins the Jetson TX1 and TK1 products for embedded computing. Jetson is an open platform that is accessible to anyone for developing advanced AI solutions at the edge -- from enterprise companies and startups to researchers and high school students.

Partner Support
NVIDIA Jetson is a powerful platform that enables Cisco to add AI features such as facial and speech recognition to its Cisco Spark products that connect everyone, everywhere. Cisco is able to drive new experiences and remove the barriers between physical and virtual spaces, thanks to the Jetson TX2's advanced technology capabilities in AI computing and graphics.

"For years, NVIDIA has demonstrated its commitment to FIRST through multifaceted support by providing Jetson developer kits for robot builds, online training resources, and team and event funding," said Donald E. Bossi, president of FIRST, an international K-12 nonprofit focused on science and technology. "Through these efforts, NVIDIA is helping to inspire more young students to become innovators and inventors."

Key features of Jetson TX2 include:
  • GPU: 256-core NVIDIA Pascal™ architecture-based GPU offering best-in-class performance
  • CPU: Dual 64-bit NVIDIA Denver 2, Quad ARM® A57
  • Video: 4K x 2K 60fps encode and decode
  • Camera: 12 CSI lanes supporting up to 6 cameras; 2.5 gigabytes/second/lane
  • Memory: 8GB LPDDR4; 58.3 gigabytes/second
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC
  • Connectivity: 802.11ac WLAN, Bluetooth
  • Networking: 1GB Ethernet
  • OS Support: Linux for Tegra®
  • Size: 50mm x 87mm

    The Jetson family is supported by the most comprehensive SDK for AI computing, JetPack 3.0, which makes it easy to integrate AI into a wide variety of applications, and support the following:
  • TensorRT™ 1.0, a high-performance neural network inference engine for production deployment of deep learning applications
  • cuDNN 5.1, a GPU-accelerated library of primitives for deep neural networks
  • VisionWorks™ 1.6, a software development package for computer vision and image processing
  • The latest graphics drivers and APIs, including OpenGL 4.5, OpenGL ES 3.2, EGL 1.4 and Vulkan 1.0
  • CUDA® 8, which turns the GPU into a general-purpose massively parallel processor, giving developers access to tremendous performance and power-efficiency

    Availability
    The NVIDIA Jetson TX2 Developer Kit, which includes the carrier board and Jetson TX2 module, can be preordered today for $599 in the United States and Europe and will begin shipping March 14. It will be available in other regions in the coming weeks. The Jetson TX2 module will be available in Q2 for $399 (in quantities of 1,000 or more) from NVIDIA and its distributors around the world. The price of the Jetson TX1 Developer Kit has been reduced to $499.


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