For those who thought that the robot revolution is far from coming, then think twice. This follows a major breakthrough by NVIDIA Company to launch a computer specifically designed for robots. Dubbed ‘Jetson Xavier’, the computer will allow individuals and companies to develop and train their own robots.
The announcement was made during Computex 2018 held in Asia. Here the CEO expressed optimism with the product and its place in the market. “Someday, there will be billions of intelligent machines in manufacturing, home delivery, warehouse logistics and much more,” he stated.
What’s so special about Jetson Xavier?
In a world where artificial intelligence and robots have taken center stage, it’s interesting to understand the new prospect Xavier brings. As previously mentioned, this is not your ordinary PC. It has been designed to push for robot production and support applications.
For status, Jetson Xavier is so efficient that it allows robots to receive and analyze real-time information. This is time-saving since operators don’t have to rely on data available in the cloud. It also enjoined by a new counterpart known as Isaack.
Isaack SDK is a package that introduces artificial intelligence to robots. Interestingly, this version is 20 times better than its predecessor Jexton TX2 module. With such promising qualities, the robots should easily transfer data from point to another.
Furthermore, machine learning is used in navigation, perception, and manipulation of tasks.
Equipped with more over 9 billion transistors, the robotic computer will be capable of producing 30 deep learning trillion operations per second (TOPS). What this means is that the computation board is super-fast and matches up with robotic operations.
Another aspect of Xavier is the superior 512-core Volta GPU on which it’s anchored on. So this also comes with tensor cores that deliver peak performance. Looking at the CPU, an 8-core Carmel ARM 64 has been incorporated to sustain multiple activities.
Once again NVIDIA has integrated its new architecture in their latest computer. All these functions will be achieved on a moderate power supply(less than 30 Watt for a light bulb). As anticipated, the next-generation robots will perform some of the most complex tasks known to man.
That’s why NVIDIA has gone beast mode with their robotic computer. Some of the specifications include a 16GB 256-bit LPDDR4x ram and 32GB storage space. To support visual display is a [2x] 4Kp60│HEVC encode and [2x] 4Kp60│12-bit support decode.
Supported input and output
The robot-oriented computer supports one-gigabit Ethernet-AVB for external internet connections. There are also generation four controllers (1×8, 1×4, 1×2, and 2×1) together with [3x] root port+ endpoint and [2x] root port.
Other output features include USB ports for 3.1 and 2.0 cables. 3D cameras and sensors will also be accommodated thanks to the embedded APIs. This means that your robot will be able to capture and relay high-end images.
Moreover, the computer will allow operators to come up with tremendous bots. This time there is no excuse for robot makers.
Analysts take on the computer
Out of the few comments and reactions made, a majority of respondents are for the computer.
One analyst stated, “This level of performance is essential for a robot to take sensor information, locate itself, perceive its surroundings, recognize and predict the movement of nearby objects, reason on the action to be taken perform and self-articulate safely.”
Nonetheless, once the product is made available it’s expected that more information will be shared.
Jetson Xavier will be available on the market from August and go $1299. If you desire to build your own bot, then follow-up and at least purchase this product (once released).