A Closer Look at NVIDIA Jetson Xavier Developer Kit (Video)

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NVIDIA unveiled Jetson Xavier module and devkit last month, but the company did not release the full information, and for example we did not get any clear photo of the module and kit.

Charbax did shot a video with more details at the time, but NVIDIA has now published more information about their upcoming $1,299 Jetson Xavier Developer Kit, including an introduction video which I’ll  embed at the end of this article.

NVIDIA Jetson Xavier Developer Kit
Jetson Xavier Developer Kit

The first thing to understand is that the module is not actually used in the developer kit, and will only used in actual mass-produced products. The main  difference is the thermal solition. The development kit including a large heatsink, while the production module has a thermally conductive plate to let product designer select the most suitable thermal solution for their products.

The specifications are still basically the same. For Jetson Xavier (production) module:

  • SoC – NVIDIA Jetson Xavier with 8x 64-bit Armv8.2 processor with 8MB L2 cache and 4MB L3 cache, and  512-core Volta GPU with Tensor Cores
  • System Memory – 16 GB 256-Bit LPDDR4x | 137 GB/s
  • Storage – 32GB eMMC 5.1
  • DL Accelerator – 2x NVDLA Engines; Vision Accelerator; 7-way VLIW Vision Processor
  • Video
    • Dual 4Kp60 HEVC encoder
    • Dual 4Kp60 decoder with 12-bit Support
  • Module Connector – Custom designed 699-pin board-to-board connector
  • Dimensions – 105 mm x 105 mm
Jetson Xavier Module 699-pin Connector
699-pin board-to-board connector underneath Jetson Xavier module

The developer kit has the same features, but also exposes the following I/Os:

  • Storage
    • M.2 Key M socket for NVMe SSDs
    • eSATAp + USB3.0 Type A dual use port for SATA through PCIe x1 Bridge (PD + Data for 2.5-” SATA)
    • usD/UFS Card Socket
  • Video Out – HDMI 2.0, eDP 1.2a, DP 1.4
  • Audio – High-Definition Audio
  • Camera – 16x CSI-2 Lanes camera connector
  • Connectivity – RJ45 port for Gigabit Ethernet + optional WiFi/LTE M.2 card
  • USB – 2x USB 3.1 with both ports optionally supporting DisplayPort, and Power Delivery, as well as close-system debug and flashing Support on 1 Port
  • Expansion
    • PCIe X16 slot for x8 PCIe Gen4/x8 SLVS-EC
    • M.2 Key E socket with PCIe x1 + USB 2.0 + UART (for Wi-Fi/LTE) / I2S / PCM
    • 40-Pin Header with UART + SPI + CAN + I2C + I2S + DMIC + GPIOs

NVIDIA Jetson Xavier can be configured to operated in 10W, 15W, or 30W modes, and is said to have 10 times the energy efficiency, and 20 times the performance of Jetson TX2. Applications include  robots, drones and other autonomous machines that the processing power for AI workloads at the edge.

Software-wise, the module and kit will still support NVIDIA JetPack (Linux), and Isaac Robotics Software unveiled during the first announcement.

If you are interested in the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier developer kit, you can still register your interest on the product page with expected delivery in August.

Via Phoronix

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I want to buy one and use it to blink a LED.

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I think blinking an LED may overheat the device.