This is one that was announced at GTC, and then sat as a draft at STH for some time since we got very busy ending March. We still wanted to cover that there is a new Jetson, the NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano developer kit is out for $499. Since we are a few days after the launch, we also have photos of the kit for you. The NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano launched a few months ago, but it now has a developer kit option to accelerate the time to development on the devices.
NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano Developer Kit Launched for $499
The NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano 8GB module is mounted on a carrier board and comes with a heatsink and fan unit in the developer kit. It is meant for development only, and the goal is that folks will buy the modules and then use them in commercial kits later.
The new kit has a 1024 Ampere generation GPU, 6-core Arm Cortex-A78AE, and 8GB of LPDDR5 memory onboard. This is slotted between the $149 Nano developer kit and the $1999 Jetson AGX Orin Developer kit.
NVIDIA says the new Orin Nano is much faster than its previous generation.
Let us next get to some pictures of the kit.
NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano Developer Kit
The kit comes in a fairly plain box. It is what is inside that counts.
Here is a top-down view of the kit where we can see the NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano module board in its carrier with the heatsink/ fan on top.
NVIDIA has launched Nano products in the past without WiFi. We are happy to report that this comes with WiFi while also having M.2 connectivity for other devices on the bottom side of the Developer Kit board.
On the main I/O side, we get USB ports, an Ethernet port, a DisplayPort, and power input.
There are also GPIO pins.
The other side has camera inputs.
The back side shows the module and also that this is a developer platform, not a platform to be resold. NVIDIA usually sells the developer platforms at a discount.
Here is the NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano with the heatsink and fan unit.
Here is the module with the heatsink and fan removed. We can see the 8GB of LPDDR5 on either side of the module.
Here is the bottom side of the module.
Here is the top of the carrier board without the module.
Size-wise, here is the $1999 NVIDIA Jetson AGX Orin Developer kit versus the Jetson Orin Nano.
The AGX Orin is a (significantly) higher-end platform, but it also costs a lot more. Previously, NVIDIA’s plan was to have developers buy the $1999 kit and then compile software for lower-performance platforms. Now there is a better middle ground between the lowest-end and this more expensive platform.
We are going to have more on the NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano in the next few weeks as we get into a slower period at the beginning of this quarter. Still, we wanted to show the new platform since AI inference at the edge is becoming a very hot topic in the industry.