Jetson TX2: AI computing for all (soon)

March 13, 2017 | 00:00
Image: Hanna-Barbera Productions
Image: Hanna-Barbera Productions
Silicon Valley residents Nvidia have released their Jetson TX2, a credit card-sized platform that delivers AI computing at the edge. The folks from Santa Barbara claim their product  “is opening the door to powerfully intelligent factory robots, commercial drones and smart cameras for AI cities.”

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 GB/second/lane • Memory: 8GB LPDDR4; 58.3 GB/s • Storage: 32 GB 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.

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. Unremarkably the price of the Jetson TX1 Developer Kit has been reduced to $499.
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