All you need to know about the world smallest AI super computer: NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit
Hey hello everyone I hope you are doing well. As you all today NVIDIA lunches the new Xavier NX Developer kit in there AI power machine lineups. And in this lesson we will see each and every detail you must know about the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit. We will see not only what is new in this hardware but also we will deeply learn about the hardware this bad boy has. So without any further adieu let’s start learning.
What is NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit?
The NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit is an open-source single-board computer specially developed to run heavy machine learning algorithms. These modules are born to change the current scenario of machine learning and artificial intelligence. And this Xavier NX development kit Is the newest and the most powerful development platform provided by Nvidia. You can find the technical specification and the measurement details in the bottom part of this lesson. But for the beginners, this is the most powerful computing platform for your TensorFlow or PyTorch or at the machine learning algorithms.
Technical specifications of NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit
- 6 core NVDIA Carmel ARM v8.2 64 bit CPU.
- 6MB L2 and 4MB L3 Cache
- 384 core NVIDIA Volta GPU
- 48 Tensor Cores for Tensorflow operations
- 8 GB LPDDR4 RAM
- VLIW Vision Processor
- HW Video Encoder/ Decider
Now let’s see the hardware over view of the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit
Now let’s see what this new has to offer in terms of hardware connectivity. If you look closely then you can find that the module has 2 different parts one is the compute module and another is the carrier board. Let’s see these things closely.
Compute module of NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit
The compute module is a bare bone hardware which have all the necessary components required for the computational purpose. It basically has two different varieties.
- The developers version
- The production version
The main difference between them is the developers version comes with a SD card reader and the production version has a EMMC flash storage to store the OS and necessary softwares.
The main hart of this compute module is the NVIDIA SOC placed in the middle of the module. The details of this SOC already discussed in the technical specifications. And on top of this System-on-chip, a passive heat sink and a PWM cooling fan come out of the box.
In the bottom part there is a 260 pin SODIMM connector which connects the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Module to its Carrier board.
Carrier board of the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit
The carrier board is used to provide the IO connectivity to our NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX compute module. This carrier board makes the use and prototyping easy for the beginners. It gives us lots of posts and connectors which makes the experience like a small desktop computer. Let’s see some close shots.
This is the 260 pin SODIMM connector which connects the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Module to its Carrier board.
This is the 40 pins GPIO headers which is using the same layout as the Raspberry pi. So we can use the module which is designed for Raspberry pi to it.
This module has 2 camera interface ports which can support the Raspberry pi camera module upto v2. The HD camera module interface is not yet available.
These are some switch connectors also present on the carrier board which can be used to Reset Restart or to toggle the power of this board. And also some status led connectors you can find here.
Beside the male connectors you can find a 4 channel unpopulated connectors. They are basically the dedicated CAN Bus connectors.
Now if we flip the carrier board we can find the M2 key E slot which is already populated with a PC style Wireless card.
And finally this is the M2 Key slot for EMMC SSDs. Which can be used to store more files inside the small package.
Power consumption of the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit
- The NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit is consume upto 15W of power.
- The working voltage of NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit is 19V
- The kit comes with a 19V 60W AC power supply.
- But the downside is this NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit does not have any POE connectivity.
And last but not the least this AI powerhouse comes with the price tag of 399 USD or 36,250 Indian Rupees.
So that it for today’s lesson. I hope now you guys can able to find the answer that is it your next AI supercomputer or not? If you have any suggestions or questions then feel free to ask them in the comments below. And also don’t forget to share the project you build with this module with us. Thank you, see you again in a new lesson keep supporting and happy learning.