Nvidia announced availability of its Jetson Xavier NX developer kit with cloud-native support, and the extension of this support to the entire Jetson edge computing lineup for autonomous machines. 

This module is designed to accelerate AI applications, reportedly delivering greater than 10x higher performance compared to its widely adopted predecessor, Jetson TX2. With support for cloud-native technologies now available across the Jetson lineup, the company says that manufacturers of intelligent machines and developers of AI applications can build and deploy high-quality, software-defined features on embedded and edge devices targeting robotics, smart cities, healthcare, industrial IoT, and more. 

Cloud-native support helps manufacturers and developers implement frequent improvements, improve accuracy, and use the latest features with Jetson-based AI edge devices. And developers can quickly deploy new algorithms throughout an application’s lifecycle, at scale, while minimizing downtime.  

Nvidia Jetson's NGC registry hosts several containerized, pre-trained AI models that serve as building blocks in AI application development. 

Developers can work with the models from NGC and the latest Nvidia tools and optimize directly on any Jetson developer kit. They can also use a workstation with cross-compile toolchain or cloud development workflows using containers coming soon to NGC.

Jetson Xavier NX developer kit

The kit is the development platform for the Jetson Xavier NX module. Smaller than a credit card (70 x 45 mm or 2.75 x 1.77 in), the energy-efficient module delivers server-class performance—up to 21 TOPS at 15 W, or 14 TOPS at 10 W. The company says that as a result, it opens the door for embedded edge-computing devices that demand increased performance to support AI workloads but are constrained by size, weight, power budget, or cost. 

Powered by the Nvidia CUDA-X accelerated computing stack and Jetpack SDK, which comes with Nvidia container runtime, the developer kit combines a reference module and carrier board with a full Linux software development environment. 

Customers are supported with the latest tools for application development and optimization, including cloud-native development and deployment workflows. The Jetson Xavier NX developer kit and the Jetson Xavier NX module are now available through the company’s distribution channels for $399.

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