NVIDIA unveils US$99 Jetson Nano

NVIDIA Founder and CEO Jensen Huang made a slew of announcements during his near three-hour keynote address at the GPU Technology Conference last week. But among the date centre and server offerings, partnerships with leading brands and a new development in autonomous driving, one that doesn’t seem as loud and prominent could prove to be the spark to trigger a robotics tsunami.Priced at US$99, the Jetson Nano is a hobbyist’s dream come true. Instead of shelling out thousands of dollars for a kit, this new NVIDIA innovation opens the door to the creation of a wide range of intelligent systems.

Consuming as little as five watts, the compact CUDA-X AI computer delivers 472 GFLOPS of compute performance for running modern AI workloads.

It comes in two variations — a US$99 dev kit for makers, developers, learners, and students, which is available now; and a US$129 production-ready module for creating mass-market AI-powered edge systems available from June.

The Jetson Nano joins the Jetson family lineup, which also includes the Jetson AGX Xavier for fully autonomous machines and Jetson TX2 for AI at the edge.

“Jetson Nano makes AI more accessible to everyone — and is supported by the same underlying architecture and software that powers our nation’s supercomputers. Bringing AI to the maker movement opens up a whole new world of innovation, inspiring people to create the next big thing,” said Deepu Talla, Vice President and General Manager of Autonomous Machines at NVIDIA.