Nvidia credit card-sized IoT platform enables ‘AI at the edge’

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By Rich Pell

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

The card can be deployed for general-purpose tasks using GPU-based parallel computing (“GPGPU”) using the Nvidia’s CUDA programming resources. 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. It is based on Nvidia’s PASCAL GPU architecture, with on-chip multicore ARM Cortex-A57 compute resources.

Jetson TX2 features include:

• GPU: 256-core NVIDIA Pascal architecture-based GPU
• 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 an SDK for AI computing, JetPack 3.0, which aids in integrating AI into a wide variety of applications, and supports 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

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 on March 14 2017. The Jetson TX2 module will be available in 2017, Q2 for $399 (1,000) 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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