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Nvidia launches Orin Jetson Nano board for robotics

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By Nick Flaherty

Nvidia has launched a version of its popular Jetson Nano board using its latest Orin CPU and GPU chip.

The Jetson Orin Nano has the same 69.6 mm x 45 mm form factor, 260pin edge connector and thermal envelope of 5 to 10W as the previous board which is based on the older 128 core Maxwell GPU and quad core ARM Coretex-A57 cores. However the $199 Orin board is not pin compatible with the earlier, cheaper version, which was launched in 2019.

“This has 80x the performance of the pervious nano with 40 INT8 TOPS with 100% software compatibility. We keep the same form factor but use a different pinout as we are using PCI Express Gen 3 rather than Gen 2 and more USB ports,” said Deepu Talla vice President and General Manager, Embedded & Edge Computing at Nvidia. “We continue the Jetson Nano at $99 and we provide five to seven years of supply, which gives us visibility to 2025/6 [for that board].”

Production of the Orin Jetson board starts in January, but developers can use the Orin boards that have already been launched to start development, says Talla. 

“Code can be developed on the same Orin developer kit for any of the six production modules and set via a flag,” he said. “We expect this to be tremendous as this was expected to be announced next year so that will be a massive surprise. The compatibility with Orin will give developers time to market and access to  150 ecosystem partners.”

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