New Jetson Nano mini AI computer
The Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit, announced this week, is a single-board computer – like the Raspberry Pi – though geared towards machine learning rather than general computing. If you like the idea of simple AI projects running on a dedicated board, such as building your own mini self-driving car or an object-recognition system for your home, this one might be for you.
It runs Nvidia CUDA code and provides a Linux-based environment. At only $59 a pop, it’s pretty cheap and a nifty bit of hardware if you’re just dipping your toes in deep learning. As its name suggests, it has 2GB of RAM, plus four Arm Cortex-A57 CPU cores clocked at 1.43GHz and a 128-core Nvidia Maxwell GPU. There are other bits and pieces like gigabit Ethernet, HDMI output, a microSD slot for storage, USB interfaces, GPIO and UART pins, Wi-Fi depending on you region, and more.
“While today’s students and engineers are programming computers, in the near future they’ll be interacting with, and imparting AI to, robots,” said Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of Edge Computing at Nvidia. “The new Jetson Nano is the ultimate starter AI computer that allows hands-on learning and experimentation at an incredibly affordable price.”