Commercial use of Jetson Nano

Hi,

Are there any restrictions on using the Jetson Nano Developer Kit (with JetPack 4.2.1) commercially. I am using it for an IoT sensor.

I would like to know if there are any restrictions for commercial use for both the hardware and software.

I will be attaching various peripherals to the nano and developing Python scripts for interacting with them. As such the Nano is only required in order to have a powerful device that is capable of handling various peripherals simultaneously, no changes are being made to the underlying OS.

Thanks in advance.

I asked a similar question a couple weeks ago, but didn’t get a reply - for that reason I’d like to push your post.

AFAIK the Devkit is not “intended” for commercial use without further specifications. It there a quota on devices? Some legally binding usage restriction? Just a general discouragement, as the commercial variant has better commercial support or warranty? Some technical limitations?

The Devkit fulfills our specs and we’d prefer to not design our own PCB around it…

This is only my own opinion, but I highly doubt any restrictions are legal. I believe the non-commercial is a suggestion related to vague ideas on reliability being better on commercial units, e.g., being tested and guaranteed over different environmental conditions (and the dev kit might work over those conditions). Add to this that carrier boards are not available individually for the dev kit. I’m sure someone who actually knows will comment.

The only reason for using a devkit is that we don’t have the need to design a PCB around it right now (eventually we will). We’re only in the prototype and testing phase with some customers, who want to try our IoT sensor. As of now, the devkit fulfils all our requirements so it would be great to use this as is.

Hopefully someone from NVIDIA can comment on this, their help desk also advised to ask on the forums.

The SDCard is probably less reliable than the commercial eMMC option.
Other than that, I think it’s more about reliability GUARANTEES rather than actual reliability.
E g, a commercial use of the devkits won’t receive the same support from NVIDIA as a commercial use of the designated module.
This is similar to how electronics parts come in “automotive grade” versus “commercial grade,” and it’s often the exact same part, just that the vendor makes more guarantees (and thus implicitly may be more liable) for the more expensive parts.

If you can source the devkit in the quantity you need, and you test the devkit to fulfill your particular reliability requirements, then I would assume you can totally sell that. US commercial code doesn’t generally view kindly attempts to prevent someone from selling on a piece of hardware that they have a purchase receipt for from commercial channels. Then again, I’m not a lawyer, so if you have specific lots-of-dollars questions about specific details in your specific jurisdiction, that’s why specific lawyers make the big bucks.

To use the Jetson Nano Developer Kit commercially will impact the warranty.

Here is the extract from https://www.nvidia.com/object/manufacturer_warranty.html as your reference:

WHAT DOES THIS LIMITED WARRANTY COVER?
This NVIDIA limited warranty covers your Tegra K1, Jetson TK1, Jetson TX1, Jetson TX2, Jetson AGX Xavier, or Jetson Nano hardware product, along with any accessories received with the hardware product, (“Warranted Product”) under normal use conditions for manufacturing defects or hardware component failures in your Warranted Product that is still within warranty. This warranty is for the original owner only and is therefore non-transferable, non-assignable and is voided when the Warranted Product is transferred to another party.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights. In addition to this warranty, You may also have other rights based on your local laws which may vary from state to state or province to province.

[i]NOTE: THIS AGREEMENT CONTAINS A BINDING INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION/JURY TRIAL WAIVER PROVISION THAT AFFECTS YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THIS AGREEMENT. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO OPT OUT OF THE BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER PROVISIONS AS DESCRIBED HEREIN.

ALL JETSON DEVELOPER KITS ARE FOR INTERNAL DEVELOPMENT USE ONLY AND NOT INTENDED FOR RESALE OR INTEGRATION INTO END PRODUCTS. ANY RESALE AND/OR INTEGRATION OF JETSON DEVELOPER KITS IN AN END PRODUCT COMPLETELY VOIDS THIS LIMITED WARRANTY AND ALL APPLICABLE TERMS BELOW. FOR THE SAKE OF CLARITY, WHEN RESOLD AND / OR INTEGRATED INTO AN END PRODUCT, THE JETSON DEVELOPER KITS ARE PROVIDED BY NVIDIA “AS-IS,” WITH NO WARRANTIES; JETSON MODULES AND TEGRA SOCS ARE WARRANTED FOR USE IN COMMERCIAL END PRODUCTS PER THE TERMS BELOW. [/i]

Thanks kayccc, so the only impact is on the warranty, no other restrictions based on the licenses?

And what if I was retain ownership of the device and commercialise only the data output from the IoT sensor that use the nano dev kit, would that cover me for the warranty then?

Just wanting to evaluate different options when using the Jetson Nano Dev Kit.

If you are using it yourself, then the worst thing that can happen to you is that you have to pay $99 for a new board. That degree of risk seems acceptable to almost any business.