I would like to design an application-specific carrier board for the Jetson TX-1 with a much smaller form factor than the development kit carrier board. The application would be for small UAVs (robotic systems) and the system would naturally be used to support onboard vision processing. Conceptually, the board should offer the following features:
- Small form factor: About 70 x 90 mm
- Input power range (minimum): 8-20V
- Connection to multiple CMOS image sensors
- Possibly using PCIe to provide tight integration with an FPGA.
- USB port for keyboard
- Display port mainly for debugging and maintenance.
- Gigabit Ethernet
Beyond that, I’m trying to figure out what the carrier board really needs to support such a “minimal system”. (Keep in mind that I plan to interface to an FPGA board like the Terasic DE0-Nano-SoC (Altera Cyclone V SE), which is connected to a sensor/interface board I just designed.
I’ve not seen any COTS small carrier boards for the TX-1, which makes sense given its recent release.
If anyone are interested in participating in the development of such a small form-factor carrier board for UAV / robotic application, I would appreciate some collaboration / sharing of ideas. At this point, I’m simply trying to decide which peripherals and ports to include.