GRAPHICS OUTFIT Nvidia has unveiled the Jetson TX2 mini supercomputer, a teeny-tiny PC that looks to aid the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and fuel the creation of 'intelligent machines'.
The Nvidia Jetson TX2, unveiled at the Open Compute Summit in San Jose, is a credit card-sized PC that follows on from last year's TK1, which Nvidia at the time touted as the "world's first mobile supercomputer."
Nvidia claims the Jetson TX2 delivers "AI computing at the edge", with the firm aiming the device at factory robots, commercial drones and smart camera usage cases.
It offers twice the performance of its predecessor, according to the firm, or can run at more than twice the power efficiency while drawing less than 7.5 watts of power.
This, the firm says, allows it to run larger, deeper neural networks on edge devices, in turn making for smarter devices with higher accuracy and faster response times, ideal for carrying out tasks such as image classification and speech recognition.
The Nvidia Jetson TX2 is based on the firm's Pascal GPU architecture, and packs 8GB LPDDR4 memory, 32GB eMMC storage, support for the Linux for Tegra OS, and much like the newly-announced Raspberry Pi Zero W, packs 802.11ac WLAN and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Jetson TX2 also comes with JetPack 3.0, which Nvidia describes as the "the most comprehensive SDK for AI computing, which makes it easy to integrate AI into a wide variety of applications."
Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of the Tegra business at Nvidia, said: "Jetson TX2 brings powerful AI capabilities at the edge, making possible a new class of intelligent machines.
"These devices will enable intelligent video analytics that keep our cities smarter and safer, new kinds of robots that optimise manufacturing, and new collaboration that makes long-distance work more efficient."
The Jetson family is supported by the most comprehensive SDK for AI computing, JetPack 3.0, which makes it easy to integrate AI into a wide variety of applications, and support the following:
The Nvidia Jetson TX2 Developer Kit has promptly gone up for pre-order in the US and Europe priced at £544, or £300 with an education discount, and will start shipping on 14 March.
Nvidia also announced on Wednesday that it will be joining Open Compute Project, in order to "significantly advance AI in the cloud." µ
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