DJI is known for their high-end drones such as Phantom 3 quadcopter, but the company has now launched Manifold mini PC powered by Nvidia Tegra K1 quad core Cortex A15 processor and running Ubuntu 14.04 in order to allow developers run their own applications performing complex computing tasks and advanced image processing “on the fly”.
- SoC – Nvidia Tegra K1 quad core Cortex-A15 processor @ up to 2.2 GHz with 192-core Kepler GPU
- System Memory – 2GB DDR3L
- Storage – 16GB eMMC 4.51 flash, micro SD slot
- Video Output – mini HDMI port
- Audio I/O – mini HDMI, combo audio jack for microphone and headphone
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet port
- USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB port (supports Force Recovery mode and Host mode) , and a non-standard USB 2.0 interface with the drone.
- Camera – Camera In and Camera Out ports
- Half-size mini PCIe slot
- 26-pin I/O expansion header with SPI, I2C
- Debugging – UART interface
- Misc – Power, reset, and recovery buttons
- Power Supply – 14V-26V AC adapter
- Power Consumption – 15W max.
- Dimensions – 11 x 11 x 2.6 cm
- Weight – > 200 grams
The company provides Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for the mini PC with support for CUDA, OpenCV, and ROS. There are three SDKs on the developer website: Mobile SDK, On-board SDK, and Guidance SDK for Windows, Linux, and Arduino, but it is unclear whether they are used directly by Manifold board. Once you’ve gone through the registration process, you can download Manifold’s user manual and quick start guide, as well as tarballs with the OS image and the kernel source code.
DJI Manifold is available now as a developer’s platform for $499, which will feel like pocket change once you include the $3,299 Matrice 100 quadcopter, and optionally a $999 Guidance visual sensing system. You can get all the details on DJI’s Manifold product page.