Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NVIDIA's Jetson Wants to be the Brain of Autonomous Robots and Drones

NVIDIA unveiled a credit-card sized module named Jetson for a new generation of smart, autonomous machines that can learn.

The NVIDIA Jetson TX1 module is an embedded computer designed to process deep neural networks -- computer software that can learn to recognize objects or interpret information. The module brings 1 teraflops of processing performance to enable autonomous devices to recognize visual data or interpret images, process conversational speech or navigate real world environments.

"Jetson TX1 will enable a new generation of incredibly capable autonomous devices," said Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of the Tegra business at NVIDIA. "They will navigate on their own, recognize objects and faces, and become increasingly intelligent through machine learning. It will enable developers to create industry-changing products."

Key features of Jetson TX1 include:

  • GPU: 1 teraflops, 256-core Maxwell architecture-based GPU offering best-in-class performance
  • CPU: 64-bit ARM A57 CPUs
  • Video: 4K video encode and decode
  • Camera: Support for 1400 megapixels/second
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4; 25.6 gigabits/second
  • Storage: 16GB eMMC
  • Wi-Fi/Bluetooth: 802.11ac 2x2 Bluetooth ready
  • Networking: 1GB Ethernet
  • OS Support: Linux for Tegra
  • Size: 50mm x 87mm, slightly smaller than a credit card



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