As the first embedded computer designed to process deep neural networks, the new NVIDIA Jetson TX1 is set to enable a new wave of smart devices. Drones will evolve beyond flying by remote control to navigating through a forest for search and rescue. Security surveillance systems will be able to identify suspicious activities, not just scan crowds. Robots will be able to perform tasks customised to individuals’ habits.
That’s what the credit-card sized module can do. It can harness the power of machine learning to enable a new generation of smart, autonomous machines that can learn.
Deep neural networks are computer software that can learn to recognise objects or interpret information. This new approach to program computers is called machine learning and can be used to perform complex tasks such as recognising images, processing conversational speech, or analysing a room full of furniture and finding a path to navigate across it. Machine learning is a groundbreaking technology that will give autonomous devices a giant leap in capability.
With its one teraflops of performance – comparable to the fastest supercomputer from 15 years ago – Jetson delivers exceptional performance for machine learning, computer vision, GPU computing and graphics, while drawing very little power.
“Jetson TX1 will enable a new generation of incredibly capable autonomous devices. They will navigate on their own, recognise objects and faces, and become increasingly intelligent through machine learning. It will enable developers to create industry-changing products,” said Deepu Talla, Vice President and General Manager of the Tegra business at NVIDIA.
Available as a module, Jetson TX1 is also built into a Developer Kit, which enables hobbyists and professionals to develop and test highly advanced autonomous devices. This makes it easy to transition from development to manufacturing and production.
The NVIDIA Jetson TX1 Developer Kit can be pre-ordered starting November 12 for US$599 in the United States, with availability in other regions in the next few weeks. The Jetson TX1 module will be available in early 2016 at a suggested price of US$299 (in quantities of 1,000 or more) from distributors around the world.