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Nvidia launches Tegra-based Jetson K1 SBC

Nvidia launches Tegra-based Jetson K1 SBC

Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor forms the heart of the Jetson K1, a new hobbyist-targeted single-board computer from the graphics giant.

Nvidia has announced plans to get into the hobbyist development market with the launch of a new single-board computer based around its Tegra K1 system-on-chip (SoC) processor: the Jetson K1.

Based on a compact board layout measuring just 127mm x 127mm and 26mm in height, the Jetson K1 packs at its heart a Tegra K1 SoC boasting 192 Kepler-class graphics processing cores and the company's traditional quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU cores with a fifth low-power companion core for background tasks. 2GB of memory is included on the board, along with a 16GB eMMC flash module for local storage - expandable through an SD slot or the on-board SATA port.

The board also boasts a singular half-mini-PCIe slot, a single USB 2.0 port and a further USB 3.0 port, on-board Realtek-powered gigabit Ethernet connectivity, analogue audio input and output, an RS232 serial port, a full-size HDMI port and a 4MB boot flash module. An expansion port also offers a number of general-purpose input-output (GPIO) connections, along with serial UART, I2C, HSIC, SPI, CSI and DisplayPort or LVDS digital video outputs.

Zotac has confirmed that it will be bringing the Jetson K1 to the UK, but has yet to announce availability and pricing. Nvidia's US arm, meanwhile, is taking pre-orders for the device in North America for $192 (around £116 excluding taxes) - making it a significantly pricier alternative to the popular, although considerably less powerful, Raspberry Pi.

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Blackshark 26th March 2014, 14:12 Quote
Seems pretty good value for money if the price is around 120GBP. Not sure how appropriate the comparison is? RPi does the job it was designed to do pretty well, this hopefully will too.
Gareth Halfacree 26th March 2014, 14:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blackshark
Seems pretty good value for money if the price is around 120GBP. Not sure how appropriate the comparison is? RPi does the job it was designed to do pretty well, this hopefully will too.
Still waiting on word of UK pricing, but I reckon it'll be closer to £150 than £120. (£116 plus 20% VAT plus the cost of getting 'em here and any import tax to pay.)
Bindibadgi 26th March 2014, 14:53 Quote
Boo! It's not the dual core version. That promised to be a lot more interesting.
Gareth Halfacree 26th March 2014, 14:55 Quote
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Boo! It's not the dual core version. That promised to be a lot more interesting.
There's plenty of dual-core SBCs out there already, though - but affordable quad-core is rare. They're all aimed at proper professional users who don't mind going direct to the chip maker and spending the sharp end of a grand...
azazel1024 26th March 2014, 15:06 Quote
I am sure this has some uses that a NUC couldn't...but this appears to be about $20 more than a NUC and the only thing it includes over it is RAM and storage...at less processing power (compared to a NUC Bay Trail). Or if you don't mind only a small amount more space, a Bay Trail based mITX board is 1/3rd the price...which makes a final system a fair amount less money and a lot more capable.

Just seems...overpriced. By like a third (or more).
Gareth Halfacree 26th March 2014, 15:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by azazel1024
I am sure this has some uses that a NUC couldn't...but this appears to be about $20 more than a NUC and the only thing it includes over it is RAM and storage...at less processing power (compared to a NUC Bay Trail). Or if you don't mind only a small amount more space, a Bay Trail based mITX board is 1/3rd the price...which makes a final system a fair amount less money and a lot more capable.
Apples to oranges. A NUC isn't a single-board computer; it requires you to add, at the very least, some RAM. The NUC doesn't have the GPIO capabilities of the Jetson (or any other hobbyist-themed SBC) either, which makes it useless for embedded projects unless you're going to hang a load of Arduinos off it. There's also the noise to consider; a bare-bones NUC kit includes an active fan, and passive cases cost more than the Jetson does on their own, while the Jetson is passively cooled.

The latter brings me onto the big difference, however: power draw. The Bay Trail Celeron used in the NUC has a 7.5W TDP; the Tegra K1 has a 5W TDP, despite having four physical processing cores (plus the companion core, for low 'idle' power draw) to the Celeron's two. Sure, the Celeron is probably faster in general compute (assuming here, I haven't looked up figures) but I'll bet it's not twice as fast. Add in the significantly more powerful GPU (with full CUDA support, if you're doing GPGPU) and that's a very tempting package indeed.
r3loaded 26th March 2014, 17:16 Quote
Aw darn, I thought this would be the 64-bit dual-core Denver K1 :(
Corky42 26th March 2014, 17:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
...while the Jetson is passively cooled.
And has a wayyy cooler name than Next Unit of Computing, who wouldn't love to say they have a Jetson :D
PingCrosby 27th March 2014, 10:28 Quote
Aw, I used to love The Jetsons
Sheiken 27th March 2014, 11:52 Quote
Is it feasible to use this as a base for an "ordinary" desktop pc? Depending on which OS you choose of course.
GuilleAcoustic 27th March 2014, 12:10 Quote
Damn .... 127x127 is too big :D. That won't fit inside a keyboard. I'd prefear wider but less deep form factor
MrJay 27th March 2014, 12:12 Quote
I have just taken receipt of a CubieTruck

Not bad at all for £55 inc international postage, obviously not as powerful as the Tegra based board, but not to be sniffed at!

Looking forward to turning it into some kind of NAS/web-server : )
GuilleAcoustic 27th March 2014, 12:18 Quote
Does it support opengl or opengl-es ? If it has native openGL with linux drivers, then this is a pure win.
Gareth Halfacree 27th March 2014, 12:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by MrJay
I have just taken receipt of a CubieTruck
I reviewed the CubieBoard 2 a little while ago - the upgraded one with the A20. Nice little unit, although the stock Android install was crap.
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Does it support opengl or opengl-es ?
The full OpenGL 4.4 specification. Yes, full-fat. Nowt tekken out. Honest.
GuilleAcoustic 27th March 2014, 13:31 Quote
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The full OpenGL 4.4 specification. Yes, full-fat. Nowt tekken out. Honest.

That is very interesting and will ensure hardware acceleration desktop environment. Maybe the Amiga reborn should be a scaled down (read 1:32 Amiga 2000) instead of a keyputer.
Bindibadgi 27th March 2014, 13:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by r3loaded
Aw darn, I thought this would be the 64-bit dual-core Denver K1 :(

That was my point!
MrJay 27th March 2014, 15:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
I reviewed the CubieBoard 2 a little while ago - the upgraded one with the A20. Nice little unit, although the stock Android install was crap.The full OpenGL 4.4 specification. Yes, full-fat. Nowt tekken out. Honest.

Ill be flashing it with Lubuntu : )

Id quite like a Tegra board, price is a little steep for me though, I should imagine its going to come in at £150 +

I've become a little obsessed with low power computing recently
Alecto 1st April 2014, 08:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by MrJay
I have just taken receipt of a CubieTruck

Not bad at all for £55 inc international postage, obviously not as powerful as the Tegra based board, but not to be sniffed at!

How did you get the price that far down? It says $99 (on sale) for me, and that's prior to any shipping and import duties (it says they ship from China directly so there will be VAT on top of everything at the very least, plus potential hassle with CE statement of compliance).
MrJay 1st April 2014, 12:04 Quote
Well I was fully prepared to pay import charges, they however fudged the import papers so I had noting to pay when I picked it up.

It was under $99 when I bought it, they where doing some kind of deal.
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