NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Industrial SOM Launched

NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Industrial Copy
NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Industrial Cover

A few weeks ago we reviewed the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier powered Advantech MIC-730AI AI Edge Appliance. One of the key areas that we noted the video analytics platform was designed to work in is the industrial space. We even set up a demo of a textile inspection line using the Advantech unit to show an industrial application. Now, the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Industrial module is out.

NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Industrial SOM

The Jetson AGX Xavier Industrial SOM is similar in many ways to the original AGX Xavier. There are a number of key differences as well. Here are the key specs with some of the big differences being bolded:

NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Industrial SOM Specs
GPU NVIDIA Volta architecture with 512 NVIDIA CUDA cores and 64 Tensor cores
20 TOPS (INT8)
CPU 8-core NVIDIA Carmel Arm v8.2 64-bit CPU
8MB L2 + 4MB L3
DL Accelerator 2x NVDLA
10 TOPS (INT8)
Vision Accelerator 2x 7-Way VLIW Vision Processor
Safety Cluster Engine Dual Arm Cortex-R5 in lockstep
Memory 32GB 256-bit LPDDR4x (ECC support)
Storage 64GB eMMC 5.1
CSI Camera Up to 6 cameras (36 via virtual channels)
16 lanes MIPI CSI-2
D-PHY 1.2 (up to 40Gbps)
C-PHY 1.1 (up to 62Gbps)
Video Encode 2x 4K60 (H.265/H.264)
6x 4K30 (H.265/H.264)
12x 1080p60 (H.265/H.264)
24x 1080p30 (H.265/H.264)
Video Decode 2x 8K30 (H.265)
4x 4K60 (H.265)
8x 4K30 (H.265)
18x 1080p60 (H.265)
36x 1080p30 (H.265)
24x 1080p30(H.264)
UPHY 8x PCIe Gen4
3x USB 3.1
Single Lane UFS
Networking 10/100/1000 BASE-T Ethernet
Display Three multi-mode DP 1.2a/e DP 1.4/HDMI 2.0 a/b
Other I/O USB 2.0
Power 20W | 40W
Mechanical 100mm x 87mm
699 pin Molex Mirror Mezz Connector
Integrated Thermal Transfer Plate

While we gained ECC support, twice the eMMC, and the Safety Cluster Engine, the industrial module seems to have lost some GPU performance and increased power consumption. As an example of the performance loss, the INT8 TOPS are down as are some of the video encode/ decode capabilities.

In the industrial space, environmental temperature, shock, vibration, and other factors are very important. Here is a side-by-side comparison of the two:

AGX Xavier AGX Xavier Industrial
Shock Non-operational: 340G, 2 ms, half sine, 6 shocks/axis, 3 axes Operational: 50G Half Sine 11 ms
Non-operational: 140G, 2 ms, half sine, 3-axis, FCT/DPA, extend to 340G
Vibration Non-operational: 10-500 Hz, 5G RMS, 8 hours/axis Operational: 10-500 Hz, 5G RMS (random/sinusoidal)
Non-operational: 10-1000 Hz, 3G RMS, 3-axis, FCT
Temperature Operational: -25°C to 80°C at TTP Operational: -40°C to 85°C at TTP
Humidity Non-operational: 95% RH, -10°C to 65°C, 10cycl/240 hours Non-operational: 95% RH, -10°C to 65°C
Operating Lifetime 5 Years 10 Years

Here we can see that features such as the temperature ranges are wider than the non-industrial SOM. The new unit is also rated for a 10-year operating lifetime, or twice that of the original Jetson AGX Xavier.

Final Words

At first glance, the new industrial model looks very similar to the original AGX Xavier. When we started to look at the new module in more detail, there are quite a few areas of differentiation. We wish that NVIDIA used a naming scheme that made this clearer. NVIDIA is pushing into the industrial market as it offers a large number of devices that can transition to using AI inference bringing new capabilities.



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