Nvidia’s Jetson board is out

Nvidia’s  Jetson TK1 –  dubbed as the first supercomputer for developing embedded applications and devices, is finally shipping.

Writing in his bog  Nvidia’s Will Park announced yesterday that the board, and will be available at Newegg or Microcenter for $192.

The kit contains the board, an AC adaptor with power cord, a USB cable for flashing, and a quick start guide.

Park said that Jetson TK1 is a great development platform for computer vision and CUDA applications for robotics, medicine, security, automotive, and defence applications, among others.

The board is based around the new Kepler-based Tegra K1, which was revealed earlier this year. The chip is packed with 192 CUDA cores that can be used for general purpose processing when not in use for graphics rendering, delivering more than 300 Gigaflops of computing power.

Another important part of the board is the fact that it is Nvidia’s first mobile chip that is CUDA capable.

“All of Tegra K1’s power can be unlocked with CUDA, the same pervasive, easy-to-use parallel processing platform used on Kepler-powered workstations and supercomputers,” Park said.

The board was shown off at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference in March.

It includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, one half mini-PCIe slot, one full size SD/MMC connector, and a full size HDMI port.

The board has a USB 2.0 port (micro AB), one USB 3.0 port (A), one RS232 serial port, one Realtek Audio codec, one RTL8111GS Realtek GigE LAN port, and a SATA data port.

The board runs on Linux for Tegra which is a modified version of Ubuntu 14.04 provided by Nvidia. There’s out-of-the-box support for cameras and other peripherals.