Nvidia Announces Jetson Xavier NX
A server of graphics cards in something that will fit in your pocket
If there’s one thing the last decade has brought the world of tech, it’s Machine Learning and AI. AI speakers have invaded our houses, and self-driving cars are right around the corner waiting to carry us away. At the forefront of all these advances is Nvidia, because a graphics chip makes a great inference engine in a pinch.
Today Nvidia has launched their latest platform for Machine Learning at the Edge. This is the Nvidia Jetson Xavier NX, a supremely powerful computer on a board that’s even smaller than a business card. It’s seriously powerful and seriously small.
The Jetson Xavier NX is the size of an SODIMM module with impressive specs, and capable of operating in two power modes, 10 and 15W:
For the 15W high-performance mode, the Xavier NX has 384 Nvidia Volta cores and up to a 6-core Carmel ARM 64-bit CPU running at 1.4GHz. 8GB of DDR4x is onboard, as is 16GB of Flash. Expandability includes 1 USB 3.0 and 3 USB 2.0, with a compliment of SPI, UARTs, I2S, CAN and GPIOs. There are 12 lanes of MIPI CSI-2 allowing for up to six external cameras. All of this is stuffed onto a board that’s just 70 by 45 mm.
This is vastly more powerful than previous Nvidia offerings. Over the last half-decade or so, Nvidia has released several boards for ‘AI at the Edge’, with the smallest and most current being the Jetson Nano.
This was a unique product for Nvidia, putting a powerful ARM processor in a small and most importantly modular form factor. This allowed companies to integrate the module easily into new products including autonomous machines and robots, video analytics systems, and embedded devices.
The Jetson Xavier NX will be available in March, 2020 at a cost of $399.