NVIDIA announced the Jetson Xavier NX system-on-module last November with an NVIDIA Xavier SOC with 6 NVIDIA Carmel Arm v8.2 cores, a 384-core NVIDIA Volta GPU and two NVDLA deep learning accelerators for a combined 21 TOPS at 15 Watts. The 69.6 x 45 mm module also includes 8 GB LPDDR4x RAM and a 16GB eMMC flash with a 260-pin SO-DIMM providing various I/Os from PCIe to MIPI CSI and display interfaces such as HDMI and eDP.
NVIDIA expected the module to be “available in March for $399 to companies looking to create high-volume production edge systems”, and at the time I thought it would be hard to purchase for simple mortals, but the company just sent an email announcing the launch of the module and it’s now listed for $459 on Arrow Electronics with no stock and a 16 weeks lead time.
While there’s no Jetson Xavier NX development kit, the SoM is pin-to-pin compatible with Jetson Nano module, so in theory, most existing carrier boards for Jetson Nano module could be reused. But several companies have come up with carrier boards for Jetson Xavier NX as well as “edge computers”, and LinuxGizmos has kept a tab on those. I’ll provide a summary here with the main target applications/features of each carrier board and/or mini PC.
The fist NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX (and Nano) carrier board is currently being designed by D3 Engineering. The DesignCore Carrier Board can take up to 12 cameras via FPD-Link III inputs to “enable the development of advanced AI robotics and autonomous applications for manufacturing, delivery, retail, agriculture, and more”.
The 12 cameras can be connected via three Quad FAKRA input connectors themselves interfacing with three DS90UB9603x deserializers. The board also comes with an M.2 socket, one DisplayPort and one DisplayPort/HDMI expansion board, a Gigabit Ethernet port, USB 3.1 interfaces, and more.
The carrier board is available for pre-order order at an undisclosed price. You’ll find more details in the announcement.
Diamond Systems FLOYD carrier board supports three quad-line MIPI CSI2 cameras, comes with dual PoE Gigabit Ethernet, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, as well as two HDMI outputs, and an RS-232 connector.
MiniCard and M.2 slots and a MicroSD socket can be found on the bottom side of the board.
The company explains Floyd board targets a “new generation of high-compute, low-cost solutions” such as a “wide variety of imaging applications”.
Diamond Systems also offers a turnkey solution with JETBOX-floyd incorporating the FLOYD carrier board into an enclosure also used to cool Jetson NanoXavier NX module.
Both the carrier board and rugged PC appear to be available now, but you’d need to request an online quote via the product page to found out the price.
If you’d like to leverage the powered of Jetson Xavier NX module but in a smaller form factor and/or lower costs, Connect Tech Inc (CTI) had designed the Quark Carrier measuring just 82.6mm x 58.8mm. This baseboard comes with a USB 3.1 Type-C connector, and various headers with two GIgabit Ethernet interfaces, two 2-lane MIPI CSI-2 interface a USB OTG port, three 3.3V UART, two I2C, one CAN 2.0b bus, and one SPI interface.
The board also comes with a MicroSD card slot and relies on positive locking IO connectors optimized for rugged environments. Just like the other carrier boards mentioned today, the Quark carrier supports both the NVIDIA Jetson Nano and Jetson Xavier NX modules.
CTI also offers the Rudi-NX edge computer powered by the Jetson Xavier NX measuring 135 x 105 x 50mm. The mini PC comes with two Gigabit Ethernet ports, four USB 3.0 ports, a USB OTG port, an SD card slot, four MIPI CSI-2 GMSL camera inputs, support for NVMe storage, wireless cards support, various I/O and variable input power (9-36V DC).
CTI Quark Carrier Board is available now for $224 with discounts for higher quantities. Rudi-NX is also for sale but you’d need to request a quote by email. More information can be found on the product page for both the baseboard and mini PC.