04 December 2018
NVIDIA at Computex 2018 announced the availability of the Isaac platform for the next-gen robotics applications. Together with this, the company also launched the Jetson Xavier, the world’s first computer designed specifically for robotics. NVIDIA CEO, Jensen Huang said this little computer is going to be the brain of future robots.
The Jetson Xavier is packed with six processors which can run 30 trillion operations per second. The company took five years to create this small-sized brain for the future intelligent machines. To be specific, the company took three years to design, and two years to architect and 8,000 people to design and develop. Jetson Xavier has greater than 10x the energy efficiency and more than 20x the performance of its predecessor, the Jetson TX2.
According to Huang,
It has roughly the same processing power as a $10,000 workstation equipped with GPUs.
The computer is designed for robots, drones, and other autonomous machines that need to have maximum computation to run modern AI workloads and solve problems in manufacturing, logistics, retail, service, agriculture and more.
Jetson Xavier has six kinds of high-performance processors — a Volta Tensor Core GPU, an eight-core ARM64 CPU, dual NVIDIA deep learning accelerators, an image processor, a vision processor and a video processor. Dozens of algorithms can be processed concurrently then so as to help a robot locate itself, perceive its environment, recognize, and do several other things altogether.
The NVIDIA Jetson Xavier developer kit, which includes the Isaac robotics software, is priced at $1,299 and will be available to the developers by August.