NVIDIA is pleased to announce several exciting new Jetson product updates for production modules, developer kits, and the software stack used across the entire Jetson family. Jetson developer kits are intended for rapid prototyping and development, Jetson modules are production grade and used for final products, and NVIDIA JetPack SDK is the comprehensive software solution for both developing and deploying AI applications.
See the following updates being announced today:
JetPack 4.2.1 - New features include support for NVIDIA Container Runtime for Docker, NGC, FreeRTOS, and beta support for INT8 in Xavier DLA. This version of JetPack enables installation and use of the latest DeepStream and Isaac SDKs. Available in July 2019.
DeepStream SDK 4.0 - Delivers a complete streaming analytics toolkit that now runs across all NVIDIA GPU platforms from Jetson to Tesla. It features turnkey integration with Azure IoT, hardware acceleration for encode/decode and optical flow, and support for multiple heterogeneous cameras. Available in July 2019.
Isaac 2019.2 – New capabilities include a GPU-driven machine learning and computer vision acceleration, time synchronization for sensor fusion, new Gems for model-based pose estimation and feature detection, path segmentation and mono camera depth estimation and a navigation stack for the Isaac SIM environment. Available in July 2019.
Announcing Jetson AGX Xavier 8GB, a new lower-power and lower-price Jetson AGX Xavier module. It delivers up to 20 trillion operations per second (TOPS) of AI performance while consuming only 20W or less. It is fully hardware and software compatible with the existing Jetson AGX Xavier, and is available from distributors worldwide for $599 (1KU+ Qty) starting August 2019.
Other updates for Jetson production modules:
The original Jetson AGX Xavier module is now available at a new price of $899 (1KU+ Qty).
The new Jetson TX2 4GB module is now available for order and is priced at $249 (1KU+ Qty).
Jetson Nano modules will be available in August 2019 (update: now available from Arrow)
Increasing developer access to the Jetson platform with updated pricing for Jetson developer kits:
The next units available will be what ships from distributors for general access, we are trying to pull them in and get them shipped from the factory as soon as possible. As always there is a lead time to some components. Thanks for your patience and design with Nano!
I’m wondering what the best strategy is for keeping my Jetson Nano up to date? Some of this is that I am not sure which components are ones I am interested in. I’m using my Nano as a desktop running ubuntu 18.04. I update the ubuntu distribution using apt on an ongoing basis.
I am assuming that the JetPack has a new Linux kernel which includes new or improved drivers for the hardware?
Is there a reason I would want to download the latest Nano SD image? The issue is that I have installed multiple Ubuntu packages on my system and would have to re-install them.
If I download and use the Nvidia SDK Manager do I end up with the equivalent of starting with the new SD image, but keeping my currently installed Ubuntu packages.
I’m hoping you can just provide me with a list like
use apt update to keep the Ubuntu up to date
download and use the SDK manager every time JetPack is updated
The latest SD card image would be based on the new JetPack 4.2.1, so it would contain the latest versions of the components included in JetPack 4.2.1 along with any enhancements and bug fixes.
For Nano, flashing with the SDK Manager is essentially equivalent to using the SD card image, with the exception that the SDK Manager allows you to select which NVIDIA components get installed (like CUDA toolkit, cuDNN, TensorRT, VisionWorks, ect). Like using the latest SD card image, flashing with SDK Manager will reset the filesystem, so you will want to backup any files that you want to save.
In the future we’ll be moving to OTA updates for the NVIDIA components, so a reset of the filesystem won’t be needed then, however for JetPack 4.2/4.2.1 this will still be the case.
Thanks, that was just the help I needed. Just to be clear, what I read was: with SDK Manager will reflash the root file system: all users will have to be installed, any tweaks to ubuntu will need to be re-tweaked, etc.
Update on JetPack 4.2.1 - we’re working on fixing a couple of last bugs to finalize the release, and regrettably the schedule has slipped slightly. JetPack 4.2.1 includes a raft of great features for all our Jetson products, and we look forward to sharing it soon - stay tuned!