A NVidia known mainly for its graphics, or more recently for being stuck inside Switch, but the reality is that it has failed to become strong in mobile devices. It tried with smartphones, but it seems to have grown tired of that, and he wants to put the brains to the next revolution of gadgets: robots, drones, smart cameras or sensors. Closely related to the ‘Internet of Things’.
Very small devices that require three things: tiny hardware, a process capability capable of dealing with artificial intelligence algorithms, and most importantly, reduced consumption. The answer to these problems has NVidia with its new plate Jetson TX2.
To some you will sound the name, there is already a Jetson TX1, presented a couple of years ago as a “brain” in which to develop applications of AI for less than 300 dollars. What we present today is something much more powerful and efficient, the size of a credit card.
To start TX2 doubles power to TX1, while consuming half the energy to perform the same tasks: NVidia ensures that the new hardware, running at 7.5W, is just as powerful as the previous one to 10W. It has a more powerful operating mode, which doubles the performance, but it works at 15W.
The amazing of the Jetson TX2 is its size: 8.6×4 centimeters, with a minimum thickness. There is a lot of necessary technology inside, such as Gigabit Ethernet port, WiFi wireless ac and Bluetooth connectivity, and enough memory: 8GB RAM and 32GB in eMMC format.
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Among his skills are working with two 4K video streams at 30 frames per second, or managing up to 6 cameras at the same time, so this card is a good invention for intelligent security systems. Know that it has a 64-bit processor and four cores, with a Pascal 256-core GPU.
The fate of this development seems more industrial than domestic, but it can also become an ideal tool in academia, or in start-ups that work with artificial intelligence.
Its price? Well, they ask us $ 599 for one – available in USA – and the figure drops to $ 399 if the number of units is over a thousand. Available from March 14. The Jetson TX1 is still in the catalog, it does not appear to be replaced.