NVIDIA $59 Jetson Nano 2GB development board, forget Raspberry Pi

Sajjad Hussain
Oct 13 · 2 min read

Last year, NVIDIA released the $99 Jetson Nano, which is their lowest-priced ARM SBC board so far, focusing on inference, robotics and other GPU acceleration tasks in a small, low-power form factor. The $99 price of Jetson Nano has been much cheaper than many other Jetson boards in the past few years, and today they launched another $59 model.

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Jetson Nano 2GB is priced at $59, similar to the $99 motherboard, but only has 2GB of system memory instead of 4GB. This pricing makes it more direct competition with higher-end Raspberry Pi models, while having a more powerful Tegra GPU and NVIDIA’s extensive GPU optimized software solutions.

Jetson Nano 2GB will be available later this month. Since it has just been released and the evaluation model is still in the mailing process, media evaluation and benchmarking of it will not arrive until the next few days/weeks.

Jetson Nano 2GB is a good choice for developers who want an ARM SBC with less high performance requirements but a more affordable price. The $59 Jetson Nano has 4 Cortex-A57 cores, clocked at 1.43GHz , 2GB LPDDR4 memory, microSD storage, 128-core Maxwell GPU, NVENC/NVDEC and CUDA functions, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI output, and 3 USB 3.0 ports. The PCB size is still 100×80×29 mm.

Raspberry Pi’s corresponding competitor Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is priced at $55. It is equipped with 4GB of memory, dual micro HDMI ports, 2 USB 3.0 + 2 USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, Broadcom BCM2711 SoC has 4 Cortex- A72 core, frequency is 1.5GHz, equipped with VideoCore VI graphics processor. The ARM core on Raspberry Pi 4 should have better performance, but Jetson Nano 2GB has a more powerful GPU and software stack, and has been well supported by the industry, so the upcoming benchmark comparison will be quite interesting .

Jetson Nano 2GB with NVIDIA Linux 4 Tegra runs Ubuntu 18.04 LTS by default. When asked about the plan to migrate L4T to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, NVIDIA said it is likely to consider this issue in 2021.

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