Jetson Software Roadmap for 2H-2021 and 2022

NVIDIA continuously invests in JetPack and regularly ships software updates to enable performance improvements, new capabilities, and support for new modules and developer kits. In this announcement, we provide details about the current software roadmap for 2H-2021 and 2022. Note that this plan is subject to change.

JetPack 4.6 is our next production release, currently scheduled for July 2021. It will bring updates to the CUDA, cuDNN, and TensorRT compute stack as well as a feature-rich BSP update with L4T 32.6 based on Ubuntu 18.04. New capabilities will be included for over the air (OTA) software updates, security, bootloader, multimedia, camera, and cloud-native technologies. JetPack 4.6 will also add support for Triton Inference Server with TensorFlow 2.x, TensorFlow 1.x, TensorRT, and PyTorch backends.

JetPack 4.6 will be the last major release for Jetson Nano, Jetson Nano 2GB, Jetson TX1, and Jetson TX2 series (Jetson TX2 NX, Jetson TX2, Jetson TX2 4GB and Jetson TX2i). After JetPack 4.6, the JetPack 4 codeline will transition into a sustaining mode with continued software support via JetPack 4.x releases for security updates and critical bug fixes.

JetPack 5.0 will be the next major release, and will include an upgrade to LTS Kernel 5.10 and Ubuntu 20.04. Other noteworthy changes include support for UEFI (replacing CBoot), support for OP-TEE (replacing Trusty as the trusted execution environment), and an upgraded compute stack including CUDA 11. The Developer Preview of JetPack 5.0 is planned for Q1-2022 and the production release is planned for 2H-2022.

JetPack 5 will be our new feature codeline supporting Jetson Xavier NX and Jetson AGX Xavier series, as well as future Jetson products including Jetson Orin in 2022 and Jetson Nano Next in 2023.

NVIDIA plans to offer greater flexibility to customers for selection of Linux kernel versions and third-party Linux distributions on Jetson by increasingly upstreaming Jetson support to the Linux kernel and by collaborating with the Jetson ecosystem. We plan to provide a developer preview of this flexibility in 2022.

Please refer to Jetson Roadmap page for details

Will L4T 32.6 have a newer kernel base version? (We need a driver from 4.14+ and if it will be included then we do not have to backport it, we will just wait).


@SrJsignal , the L4T 32.6.x releases will remain on Kernel 4.9 version. We do not plan to update the kernel for 32.6.x releases.

NVIDIA will continue releasing JetPack 4.6.x updates supporting Jetson Nano, Jetson Nano 2GB, Jetson TX1, Jetson TX2 series, Jetson TX2 NX, Jetson Xavier NX and Jetson AGX Xavier series. These releases will have critical bug fixes and security updates including the kernel and NVIDIA components.
For the future, we are working towards enabling developers and customers to bring different kernel and distributions on Jetson for greater flexibility.