NVIDIA Jetson Embedded Computers

Introducing the NVIDIA Jetson family

The NVIDIA Jetson family, comprising the Jetson NANO, TX2, Xavier NX and AGX Xavier, is a series of System-on-Modules (SOM) designed to satisfy a range of applications, from basic Edge AI to fully autonomous machines.

The entry-level Jetson Nano offers an excellent cost-to-performance ratio which is perfect for basic Edge AI applications, with the Jetson TX2 adding some extra processing grunt to allow for flexible integrations into automation control through the rich IO features. The Xavier NX packs significant AI number crunching power into a module the size of ther Nano, producing a perfect platform for more advanced embedded and machine control applications. Finally, the Xavier AGX packs workstation-grade power into a small form factor, bringing with it capabilities for Robotics, AGVs and Industrial Control applications at the Edge.

The NVIDIA Jetson hardware

NVIDIA Jetson Nano
The Jetson Nano is, as its name would suggest, the smallest of the range, but where it lacks in footprint it excels in functionality. Featuring 128-core Maxwell GPU and a Quad-core 32-bit ARM Cortex-A57 processor, 8GB onboard LPDDR4 and 16GB eMMC, producing 472GFLOPS of performance, the Nano is capable of decoding 4x 1080p60 feeds whilst running on-board machine learning algorithms for image classification, object detection and video analytics at the edge. 

Because of the Nvidia Jetpack's versatility in deployment and support, you can design and test your AI project on the Jetson Nano, confident that it will run identically when deployed on any of the other Jetson SoMs.
Originally named the Tegra X2, the Jetson TX2 is the oldest of the Jetson Range. It features NVIDIAs own microarchitecture (code-named Denver2) — a 64/32bit multi-core ARM v8 processor and a 256-core Nvidia Pascal GPU, up to 8GB 128-bit DDR4 onboard memory and up to 32GB onboard eMMC storage. The Jetson TX2's 15W module has been used in projects far and wide, from military drones processing high-resolution image feeds in real-time with object classification, to monitoring the health of beehives by simultaneously analysing audio, video and sensor data streams. 

The Jetson TX2 currently comes in 3 main models: a 4GB or 8GB TX2, and the more recent Jetson TX2 NX which has the same specifications as the TX2 4GB but uses the 260-pin SODIMM form factor of the Jetson Nano. The Jetson TX2 NX can also be swapped into the carrier board of the Nano to scale-up performance.
NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX
The Jetson Xavier NX is the same form factor as the Jetson nano and TX2 NX, but boasts a huge bump in performance without increasing the power consumed. The Xavier NX SoM leverages NVIDIA's latest ArmV8.2 64-Bit microarchitecture (code-named Carmel), a Hexa-core processor and a 384-core Nvidia Volta GPU. Unlike the Nano and the TX2, there is some additional AI focused processing power, through 48 Tensor cores and dual NVDLA Engines. As with the other Jetson SoMs, there is 8GB LPDDR4X memory and 16GB eMMC storage onboard.

From mobile robots and drones to portable medical equipment and embedded IoT systems, the Jetson Xavier NX is suitable for autonomous systems and intelligent edge devices that require high-performance AI and complex Deep Neural Networks in a compact, low-power form factor.
NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier
The Jetson AGX Xavier is the largest of the Jetson modules, offering up 32 TOPS of INT8 performance. Like the Xavier NX it is built around the ARM V8.2 64-bit Carmel microarchitecture, but this time with an Octa-core processor, a 512-Core Volta GPU, 64 Tensor cores and dual NVDLA engines. There is also 32GB of 256-bit LPDDR4x onboard memory and 32GB of onboard eMMC storage included. All this extra processing power targets AGX Xavier a bit differently — providing this exceptional GPU performance in a 30W package means the AGX Xavier is capable of running autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) or being used for inference for large scale machine vision at the edge.

All of the Jetson boards have a small amount of PCIe support for the addition of a capture card or extra I/O. The AGX Xavier can support multiple expansion devices through its PCIe Gen4.0 controller, including simultaneous support for multiple PCIe devices such as an additional GPU through PCIe x8.
Jetson AGX Orin for the Next Generation of AI Systems
Set to be released in Q1 2022, this new module is described by Nvidia as an "energy-efficient AI supercomputer", which they say is six times more powerful than its predecessor and is intended to support large, complex AI models for natural language understanding, 3D perception, and multi-sensor fusion.
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Software - The Jetpack SDK

If you are considering the Nvidia Jetson family to power your next AI development, then you may be familiar with the Jetpack SDK. Regardless of which Jetson chip you choose the NVIDIA Jetpack SDK is the essential solution to build your AI application.

The Jetpack SDK comprises the NVIDIA L4T (the latest Linux Driver Package and OS), CUDA-X accelerated libraries and APIs for application development, samples, documentation and developer tools, along with support for SDKs such as Deepstream for Intelligent Video Analytics and Isaac for robotics.

Impulse can pre-configure your chosen Jetson solution with the latest Jetpack SDK and any higher level SDKs pertinent to your intended application.

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How can we help with NVIDIA Jetson?

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Many of our clients start out with NVIDIA Jetson development kits. We stock these kits and can have you up and running in days.
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Once the initial proof of concept is complete the natural transition for industrial AI projects is to a rugged computing platform. We have arguably the UKs largest range of Jetson Embedded Computers available to purchase.
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Our technical team has the ability to install and configure the latest Jetson software stack on any of our Jetson Embedded Computers here in our UK integration facility.
The ability to install software and configure systems means we can fully test our systems prior to despatch, giving our customers piece of mind whilst saving time and money.
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