Nvidia Jetson TK1 Development Board is Now Selling for $99 (Promo)

Sorry that I don’t have an Nvidia Jetson TK1 board to give away…, but if you were interesting in getting one the best ARM Linux boards available today, and found the $192 price tag a little too high, Make announced a ~50% discount offer to get the board for $99 on Nvidia store using MAKEJTK1 coupon.

Jetson TK1 Development Board
Jetson TK1 Development Board

Here’s a reminder of the board’s specifications:

  • SoC – Nvidia Tegra K1 SoC with 4-Plus-1 quad-core ARM Cortex A15 CPU, and Kepler GPU with 192 CUDA cores (Model T124)
  • System Memory – 2 GB x16 memory with 64 bit width
  • Storage – 16 GB 4.51 eMMC memory, SATA data + power ports, full size SD/MMC slot, and 4MB SPI boot flash.
  • Video Output – HDMI port
  • Audio – ALC5639 Realtek Audio codec with Mic in and Line out
  • Connectivity – RTL8111GS Realtek GigE LAN
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 OTG port, micro AB, 1x USB 3.0 port, A
  • Debugging – RS232 serial port, JTAG
  • Expansion
    • 1x Half mini-PCIE slot
    • Expansion port with access to DP/LVDS, Touch SPI 1×4 + 1×1 CSI-2, GPIOs, UART, HSIC, I2c
  • Sensor – TMP451 temperature monitor
  • Misc – Power, reset and recovery buttons, power and network LEDs, fan header
  • Power – AMS AS3722 Power Management IC for power and sequencing.
  • Dimensions – 12.7×12.7 cm

Jetson_TK1_Board_DiscountYou’ll need to add shipping bringing the total to $107.80 in the US, but one of the downsides is that it’s currently on backorder, so you may have to be patient. The other downside is Nvidia will only ship to the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and some other small islands, so if you don’t happen to live there you are out of luck unless you use forwarder such as Shipito or MyUS.com. You’ll have to pay the forwarder and possibly custom duties, but this would probably still be cheaper than buying from a local site at full price.

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14 Replies to “Nvidia Jetson TK1 Development Board is Now Selling for $99 (Promo)”

  1. i really dont understand, why nvidia dont want sell worldwide?
    i want shield android tv, but sell is only in usa.
    also they dont make jetson wih tegra x1, only tk1, but for 99 is very good.
    they are lost market share, then lost developer support because less market, but they dont care and only want sell in usa, well hope fire the stupid ceo because their products are good and support seems good also.

  2. Usa only.. this suxx! I hope this will change in future. With this package re-sender the price about 170$(+other fee’s) to Hungary/ Europe! 🙁 Nvidia… why???

  3. I’d lke to see a comparison of jetson tk1 and odroid xu4, mainly the integer performance is what I’m interested in. Anybody seen these two in the same test?

  4. Integer Performance XU4:
    odroid@odroid:~$ sysbench –test=cpu –cpu-max-prime=2000 –num-threads=8 run
    sysbench 0.4.12: multi-threaded system evaluation benchmark

    Running the test with following options:
    Number of threads: 8

    Doing CPU performance benchmark

    Threads started!

    Maximum prime number checked in CPU test: 2000

    Test execution summary:
    total time: 1.7423s
    total number of events: 10000
    total time taken by event execution: 13.8579
    per-request statistics:
    min: 0.87ms
    avg: 1.39ms
    max: 60.69ms
    approx. 95 percentile: 2.25ms

    Threads fairness:
    events (avg/stddev): 1250.0000/487.40
    execution time (avg/stddev): 1.7322/0.01

    The Odroid XU4@2 GHz/1.4 Ghz using 8 cores performs a little bit better than
    the Nvidia Jetson TK1 board running with 4 cores @ 2.3 GHz.
    The price/performance ratio from the Odroid XU4 is better.

    The Jetson TK1 for sure has the overall better hardware (+Desktop OpenGL), but software support from Nvidia is dissapointing. Nvidia does not offer an updated OS (e.g. no Ubuntu 15.x). Nvidia failed to offer an upgraded hardware version (e.g. it would have been easy to offer a Jetson TK1 with 4 GB RAM just by soldering RAM Chips with higher capacity).
    There is also missing a clear statement from Nvidia if they will ever sell a cheap Tegra X1 board with a linux board support package.
    From my point of view the Nvidia Linux road for embedded ARM hardware ends in a blind alley.

  5. @Peter Bauer
    thanks Peter for the info. I guess the benchmark in this case favours xu4 as it was run on all 8 cores and the linked results of tk1 only on 4 cores. But it looks both boards are roughly the same in terms of processing power, so I’m happy to stick to xu4 untill there is affordable a72 dev board available.

  6. @Peter Bauer
    If I did get one, I’d probably be more interested in using it as a mini server (an upgrade for my 2yo Cubietruck). So I’d probably put Debian Sid and the latest kernel on it. The Open Source KMS/DRM/Mesa (Nouveau) drivers apparently support it quite well.

    My only concerns are that 32-bit ARM (ARMv7-A) is getting old, and 2GB of RAM can be limiting. But how soon is a good and affordable ARM64 board going to become available?

  7. Woohoo, this means that they are probably cleaning out inventory so they can start selling their X1 dev boards soon!

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