Nvidia Announces Carma: Cuda ARM Development Kit

Called Carma, the board includes the company's Tegra 3 quad-core ARM A9 processor, a Quadro 1000M GPU with 96 cores (good for 270 single-precision GFlops), as well as a PCIe X4 link, one Gigabit Ethernet interface, one SATA connector, three USB 2.0 interfaces as well as a Displayport and HDMI.

Included in the package, which will be available in "limited quantities", is the CUDA toolkit and a Ubuntu Linux-based OS. Nvidia said that Carma will be shipping sometime in Q2 of next year. The developer kit is generally targeted at hardware and software designers who are working on "energy-efficient computing initiatives around the world". Expect this design to especially find interest with developers who are looking for server applications for Tegra 3 as well as developers who are building future ARM notebooks running Windows 8.

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  • Darkerson
    Cuda + ARM = CARMa

    I C what U did there! :P

    All jokes aside, it does look interesting.
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  • CaedenV
    Very cool!
    It is really interesting to see how ARM does compared to x86 as software becomes more optimized for it. Sure the x86 can do more per core... but for the price you can buy a ton of ARM cores which (if programmed properly) can handle a much larger overall workload. I wonder too if this new threat will make Intel's 'many core' architectures to become a reality instead of just a really interesting lab experiment. However, I do not see ARM doing that well in the laptop/desktop market like they are shooting for. x86 (at this point) just makes more sense for such applications. but who knows, with Win8 for ARM it could turn the whole world upside-down.
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  • Darkerson
    Cuda + ARM = CARMa

    I C what U did there! :P

    All jokes aside, it does look interesting.
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  • kcorp2003
    I know what i'll be doing for this summer project :)
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