Nvidia powers up drones, robots with Jetson TX1 board

Nvidia hopes to equip drones and robots with high-performance computing capabilities with its new Jetson TX1 developer kit announced on Tuesday. The TX1 developer kit includes an uncased board with all major components on it. It is the size of a credit card, but with 1 teraflops of horsepower, delivers more performance punch than developer boards available today. Robots and drones require autonomous and smoother navigation capabilities, and the TX1 will help enable such devices, said Jesse Clayton, product manager at Nvidia. For example, robots and drones will be able to recognize objects and avoid collisions with “deep-learning” algorithms and image processing engines on the board, Clayton said. The TX1 has 256 graphics cores to process images. Nvidia is providing a software development kit for the Jetson board, which includes…


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