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Raspberry Pi-style Jetson Nano: A $99 developer board for makers from Nvidia

20 March 2019
Jetson Nano developer board could be used to build mobile robots to drones, to digital assistants, automated appliances and more. Source: Nvidia

Developers have used Raspberry Pi boards to create a wide range of DIY projects, from a device that prevents Alexa and Google Home from spying to a retro gaming machine to STEM kits and much more.

Now Nvidia is getting in on the market with its own Raspberry Pi-type developer platform called the Jetson Nano — a $99 artificial intelligence (AI) development kit for developers and makers — and a $129 production-ready module for companies that want to mass produce AI systems.

The Jetson Nano supports high-resolution sensors and can process them in parallel while running multiple neural networks on each sensor stream. The module also supports AI frameworks so that developers can integrate models into the product, Nvidia said.

The developer board delivers 472 gigaflops of compute performance while consuming as little as 5 W.

Nvidia said the Jetson Nano will extend the reach of the company’s Jetson family lineup to reach 30 million makers, developers, inventors and students.

With the Jetson Nano, users can make anything from mobile robots to drones, to digital assistants, automated appliances and more.

The $99 kit has support for full desktop Linux, compatibility with peripherals and accessories, and ready-to-use projects and tutorials to help users get started with AI projects.

The $129 production-ready module comes with power management, clocking, memory and fully accessible input/output that can be used to create network video recorders, home robots and intelligence gateways with full analytics capabilities.

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