Nvidia’s New Jetson TX1 Will Power Up Your Robots And Drones

Posted: Nov 12 2015, 10:21am CST | by , Updated: Nov 12 2015, 10:29pm CST, in News | Technology News

Nvidia’s New Jetson TX1 Will Power Up Your Robots And Drones

Robots and Drones are going to be more powerful and smarter with Nvidia’s New Jetson TX1.

Nvidia just announced its new Jetson TX1 developer kit. With the arrival of this new kit, the company expects to include high performance computing abilities in drones and robots.

The kit is about the size of a credit card. It includes an uncased board along with all the other necessary components.

The plus point of this board is that it incorporates 1 teraflop of horsepower, which delivers performance greater than any other boards available nowadays.

As per the Product Manager, Jesse Clayton of Nvidia TXI will help robots and drones in getting self-powering and smooth searching capabilities.

She also said that through deep-learning algorithms and image processing engines included on the board; robots and drones will be able to recognize objects easily and avoid any unnecessary collisions.

The TX1 has total of 256 graphics cores to process images efficiently. Nvidia is also providing users with software development kits for the TXI.

The SDK will include a libraries debugger, compiler, and other tools. It will also help in loading applications that makes robots and drones autonomous.

The Development kit is initially based on company’s CUDA parallel programming framework. It includes big technologies like Nvidia's VisionWorks, OpenVX and OpenCV for image recognition.

The board can connect to powerful cloud services for processing images. It also supports OpenGL and OpenGL ES graphics standards.

The new TX1 is three times faster and efficient than previous year’s Jetson board. Jetson Board could deliver up to 300 gigaflops horsepower.

TX1 also includes a Tegra X1 chip. This chip is also used in cars and tablets along with 64-bit ARM CPUs. Other features of TX1 include 16GB storage and 4GB of DDR4 memory.

It also has Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. There are connectors on the board which allow GPS, camera and other modules to be easily plugged in.

The new board supports Linux For Tegra and r ROS (Robot Operating System). ROS is widely used in robots. The board can also be used as Linux gaming PC.

The TX1, however, does not support Android. The initial developer board will be available from 16th November.

You can get it from online retailers like Newegg and Amazon for just US$599. The shipments for the U.S. and other countries of the world will begin next year.

The standalone version without connectors and other components will also be available from next year. It will cost you back $299, in volumes of 1,000 units.

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