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Nvidia Jetson TK1 mini supercomputer is up for pre-order

Will ship on 15 May
Fri May 02 2014, 11:38

NVIDIA'S JETSON TK1 mini supercomputer development kit is now up for pre-order, priced at $192.

Despite Nvidia having announced on its blog that it is "now shipping", the development kit that is powered by a Tegra K1 chip won't actually ship until 15 May.

Claiming to be "the world's first mobile supercomputer", the Jetson TK1 kit is built for embedded systems to aid the development of computers attempting to simulate human recognition of physical objects, such as robots and self-driving cars.

Speaking at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in March, Nvidia co-founder and CEO Jen Hsun Huang described it as capable of running anything the Geforce GTX Titan Z graphics card can run, but at a slower pace.

With a total performance of 326 GFLOPS, the Jetson TK1 should be more powerful than the Raspberry Pi board, which delivers just 24 GFLOPS, but will retail for much more, costing $192 in the US - a number that matches the number of cores in the Tegra K1 processor that Nvidia launched at CES in Las Vegas in January.

"The Jetson TK1 also comes with this new SDK called Vision Works. Stacked onto CUDA, it comes with a whole bunch of primitives whether it's recognising corners or detecting edges, or it could be classifying objects.

Parameters are loaded into this Vision Works primitives system and all of a sudden it recognises objects," Huang said on stage during the Jetson TK1 launch.

"On top of it, there's simple pipelines we've created for you in sample code so that it helps you get started on what a structure for motion algorithm, object detection, object tracking algorithms would look like and on top of that you could develop your own application."

The Jetson TK1 can be pre-ordered from Newegg or Microcenter for $192, however this is in the US only, and Nvidia has yet to announce whether and when the UK will see a release. µ


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