NVIDIA Introduces Jetson Xavier Devkit and Isaac Robotics Software

NVIDIA Xavier was first unveiled in September 2016 as an artificial intelligence SoC with eight NVIDIA Custom 64-bit Arm cores, a 512-core Volta GPU,  8K video encoding and decoding, and a computer vision accelerator (CVA) now called NVDLA (NVIDIA Deep Learning Accelerator).

Earlier this year, the company announced Xavier was sampling,  and DRIVE IX & DRIVE AR SDKs for the automotive market. On the eve of Computer 2018, NVIDIA has introduced Jetson Xavier development kit, as well as Isaac robotics software for autonomous machines.

NVIDIA Jetson Xavier
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Jetson Xavier key specifications:

  • SoC – NVIDIA Xavier with
    • 8-core ARMv8.2 64-bit CPU, 8MB L2 + 4MB L3
    • 512-core Volta GPU with Tensor Cores
    • 2x NVDLA engines for deep learning
    • 7-way VLIW Processor for vision acceleration
    • VPU with dual 4Kp60 video decoding and encoding
  • System Memory – 16GB 256-bit LPDDR4x | 137 GB/s
  • Storage – 32GB eMMC 5.1 flash
  • Display – 3x eDP/DP/HDMI at 4Kp60 | HDMI 2.0, DP HBR3
  • Camera
    • 16x CSI-2 Lanes (40 Gbps in D-PHY V1.2 or 109 GBps in CPHY v1.1)
    • 8x SLVS-EC lanes (up to 18.4 Gbps)
    • Up to 16 simultaneous cameras
  • PCIe – 5x PCIe gen4 (16GT/s) controllers | 1×8, 1×4, 1×2, 2×1:  3x Root port and endpoint; 2x Root Port
  • USB – 3x USB 3.1 (10GT/s), 4x USB 2.0 Ports
  • Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet-AVB over RGMII
  • Other I/Os – UFS, I2S, I2C, SPI, CAN, GPIO, UART, SD
  • Dimensions – 100mm x 87mm x 16mm (699-pin board-to-board connector)

NVIDIA Jetson Xavier can be configured in one of three power modes: 10W, 15W, and 30W, and the company claims is has more than 10x the energy efficiency and more than 20x the performance of the Jetson TX2.

In order to leverage the capabilities of the hardware, NVIDIA will provide Isaac Robotics Software consisting of three main components:

  • Isaac SDK – APIs and tools to develop robotics algorithm software and runtime framework with fully accelerated libraries.
  • Isaac IMX – Isaac Intelligent Machine Acceleration applications, a collection of robotics algorithm software.
  • Isaac Sim – Realistic virtual simulation environment for developers to train autonomous machines and perform hardware-in-the-loop testing with Jetson Xavier.
Some of Isaac IMX Algorithms

Jetson Xavier is designed for robots, drones and other autonomous machines that need to run AI workloads for manufacturing, logistics, retail, service, agriculture, smart cities, healthcare, and more.

The NVIDIA Jetson Xavier developer kit will start selling for $1,299 in August through an early access program. More details can be found on the product page.

Jetson Xavier Devkit Video

[Update: Charbax shot a video of the system at Computex 2018


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