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Meet NVIDIA Jetson – AI dev kit to make intelligent machines

The Jetson TX2 is the latest AI development platform from NVIDIA.

By Joe Clark

NVIDIA has unveiled the Jetson TX2, a modern AI development platform capable of creating more intelligent machines.

The credit card-sized platform is expected to increase the capability of developers and manufacturers to create more intelligent factory robots and commercial drones, as well as smart cameras for AI cities.

This new platform will allow companies to make use of AI features such as facial recognition, speech recognition, and other, in order to help foster more seamless interactions between physical and virtual spaces. The company claims that the newest iteration of the Jetson is twice as powerful as its predecessor.

Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of the Tegra business at NVIDIA, said: “Jetson TX2 brings powerful AI capabilities at the edge, making possible a new class of intelligent machines.”

“These devices will enable intelligent video analytics that keep our cities smarter and safer, new kinds of robots that optimize manufacturing, and new collaboration that makes long-distance work more efficient.”

The NVIDIA Jetson TX2 is compatible with both Tegra and Linux systems and includes 32GB eMMC, 8GB RAM, 1GB Ethernet, and will be capable of 4K 60 FPS econding and decoding. The platform also runs with twice the power efficiency of its predecessor which will allow smarter and more accurate devices to run at a higher speed.

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Donald E. Bossi, president of FIRST, an international K-12 nonprofit focused on science and technology, said: “For years, NVIDIA has demonstrated its commitment to FIRST through multifaceted support by providing Jetson developer kits for robot builds, online training resources, and team and event funding.”

“Through these efforts, NVIDIA is helping to inspire more young students to become innovators and inventors.”

The dev kit is available for UK pre-order at £544 or £300 with an Education discount. The platform is expected to begin shipping by March 14th.

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