Humans have made enormous progress in the field of artificial intelligence in recent years. On the other hand, devices with a strong artificial intelligence capacity were not always accessible to the general public.
While everyone awaits news of the Raspberry Pi 4, Nvidia has decided to tackle the market for laptops with impressive capabilities, but at an affordable price.
The American company notably announced the “ Jetson Nano ”, a powerful nanocomputer intended for developers, budding manufacturers and amateurs . The first kit starts at $ 99 . According to Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of autonomous machines at NVIDIA: “ The Jetson Nano makes artificial intelligence more accessible to everyone – and is supported by the same underlying architecture and the same software that runs the supercomputers of our country ”.
The small computer allows in particular to run several neural networks in parallel for applications such as image classification, object detection, segmentation, speech processing and others. In addition, it consumes only five watts.
The characteristics of the nanocomputer
The Jetson Nano is a small computer that can almost fit in a pocket thanks to its dimensions of 100 mm x 80 mm x 29 mm.
The device has a Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A57 SoC clocked at 1.43 GHz, and a Maxwell graphics chip with 128 CUDA cores clocked at 921 MHz. The whole thing is associated with 4 GB of RAM in LPDDR4 and 16 GB of eMMC 5.1 storage.
If the computer does not have Wi-Fi connectivity, it is nevertheless equipped with:
- 4 USB ports (USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Micro-B)
- 1 MicroSD slot
- 1 Gigabit network port
- 1 HDMI 2.0 output (4K @ 60fps compatible)
- 1 eDP 1.4 video output (embedded DisplayPort)
- 1 connector for MIPI CSI-2 camera
- Several generic GPIO, I2C, SPI, I2S and UART connectors
The price and availability of the product
The Jetson Nano is already available on the official Nvidia website. The final price of the developer kit should be around 167 euros including tax, for delivery in France.
For the user to get acquainted with artificial intelligence, the computer comes with tutorials and out-of-the-box support for full desktop Linux.