NVIDIA Jetson TX2i Module is Designed for Industrial Environments

NVIDIA Jetson TX2 “Artificial Intelligence Computer” module was announced in March 2017 with a Tegra X2 hexa-core processor, a 256-core Pascal GPU, 8GB RAM, 32GB storage, and support for 4K 60 fps encoding and decoding.

But it turns out NVIDIA announced an rugged version of the module dubbed Jetson TX2i designed for reliable operation in harsh industrial environments in March of this year.

Jetson TX2iNVIDIA Jetson TX2 and TX2i are pin-to-pin compatible, and can run the same software, but TX2i has been designed and tested for rougher conditions.

Feature Jetson TX2 Jetson TX2i
Shock 140G, 2ms 140G, 2ms
Vibration 10Hz ~200Hz, 1g & 2g RMS Random: 5g RMS 10 to 500Hz

Sinusoidal: 5g RMS 10 to 500Hz

Temp Range -25°C – 80°C -40°C – 85°C
Humidity 85°C / 85% RH, 168 hours -10°C to 65°C / 95% RH, 240 hours
Operating Life 5 Years

(GB at 35C: MTBF=1,747,520 hours
GF at 35C: MTBF=1,066,851 hours)

10 Years

(GB at 45C: 2,505,155 hours Rt=0.9656
GF at 45C: 1,254,624 hours Rt=0.9326)

Misc Env Testing N/A Mixed gas flow; dust settling; free fall drop
TDP 15W 20W

Jetson TX2i also provides a longer operating life (MTBF) with support for ECC memory and comes with extended 3-year warranty and longer sales lifecycle.

Jetson TX2i Block Diagram
Jetson TX2i Block Diagram – Click to Enlarge

You’ll find some documentation specific to Jetson TX2i on NVIDIA website, as well as purchase links on the product page with the module selling for around $836 on Arrow. There’s no specific development kit for TX2i, but the module will work with TX1/TX2 development kits.

However, as noted by LinuxGizmos, other companies have also been providing carrier boards for TX2i, as well as their own version of TX2i module. For example, Connect Tech Inc (CTI) offers six carrier boards and three industrial grade embedded systems compatible with TX2i. However, it should be noted that none of those 9 products appear to have been designed specifically for TX2i, since they also work with TX1 and TX2 module.

CTI Sprocket Carrier Board TX2i
Jetson TX2i Connected to CTI Sprocket Carrier Board

On the other end, Taiwan based Aetina is apparently selling their own version of Jetson TX2i module dubbed NSO-MD-TX2i that looks the same as the original. The company also provides three different carrier boards for TX1/TX2/TX2i modules namely ACE-N621 and ACE-N622 Nano-ITX boards both with HDMI output, but the latter adding a CSI camera interface, as well as the more compact, credit-card sized ACE-N510 carrier board.

Jetson TX2i Carrier Board
ACE-N510 Carrier Board for Jetson TX1/TX2/TX2i – Click to Enlarge
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