$199+ NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano system-on-module delivers up to 40 TOPS

NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano system-on-module (SoM) is an update to the Jetson Nano entry-level Edge AI and robotics module that delivers up to 40 TOPS of AI performance, meaning it’s up to 80 times faster than the original module.

The new SoM features an hexa-core Arm Cortex-A78AE processor, an up to 1024-core NVIDIA Ampere architecture GPU with 32 Tensor cores, up to 8GB RAM, and the same 260-pin SO-DIMM connector found in the Jetson Orin NX modules.

NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano
Jetson Nano Orin with 8GB RAM (left) and 4GB RAM (right)

Two versions are offered with the following specifications:

Jetson Orin Nano 4GB
Jetson Orin Nano 8GB
6-core Arm Cortex-A78AE v8.2 64-bit CPU @ 1.5 GHz with 1.5 MB L2 + 4 MB L3
512-core NVIDIA Ampere GPU @ 625 MHz with 16 Tensor cores
1024-core NVIDIA Ampere GPU @ 625 MHz with 32 Tensor cores
AI performance
20 Sparse TOPs | 10 Dense TOPs
40 Sparse TOPs | 20 Dense TOPs
4GB 64-bit LPDDR5 34 GB/s
8GB 128-bit LPDDR5 68 GB/s
Supports external NVMe
Video Decode
1x 4K60 (H.265) | 2x 4K30 (H.265) | 5x 1080p60 (H.265) | 11x 1080p30 (H.265)
Video Encode
1080p30 supported by 1-2 CPU cores (i.e. software encoding)

1x 4K30 multimode DisplayPort 1.2 (+MST)
1x embedded DisplayPort 1.4
1x HDMI 1.4
Up to 4x cameras (8x through virtual channels)
8 lanes MIPI CSI-2 D-PHY 2.1 (up to 20 Gbps)
Gigabit Ethernet
3x USB 3.2 Gen2 (10 Gbps)
3x USB 2.0
1 x4 + 3 x1 PCIe Gen3, Root Port, & Endpoint
Other I/Os
3x UART, 2x SPI, 2x I2S, 4x I2C, 1x CAN, DMIC and DSPK, PWM, GPIOs
Power modes
5W or 10W
7W or 15W
69.6 mm x 45 mm 260-pin SO-DIMM connector

Jetson Orin Nano Block Diagram

That means the Jetson Orin family has now six modules ranging from 20 TOPS to 275 TOPS. There’s no specific development kit for the Jetson Orin Nano SoM since it can be emulated on the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Orin developer kit, and supported by the JetPack 5.0.2 SDK based on Ubuntu 20.04.

NVIDIA has tested some dense INT8 and FP16 pre-trained models from NGC and a standard ResNet-50 model on the new module and compared the results against the earlier generation entry-level modules such as the Jetson Nano and Jetson TX2 NX.

Jetson Nano vs TX2 NX vs Jetson Orin Nano

That’s a significant increase in performance, as well as in price since the Jetson Orin Nano series production modules will be available in January for $199 for the Jetson Orin Nano 4GB and $299 for the Jetson Orin Nano 8GB. Those are unit prices for 1K orders. More details may be found on the announcement and developer website.

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