In addition to the Titan Z and Pascal announcement, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang introduced during the company's GPU technology conference the Jetson TK1 development kit (opens in new tab) featuring the Tegra K1 SoC. The kit includes a full C/C++ toolkit based on Nvidia's CUDA architecture, making it "easier" to program than the FPGA, custom ASIC and DSP processors that are commonly used in current embedded systems.
"Jetson TK1 fast tracks embedded computing into a future where machines interact and adapt to their environments in real time," said Ian Buck, vice president of Accelerated Computing at Nvidia. "This platform enables developers to fully harness computer vision in handheld devices, bringing supercomputing capabilities to low-power devices."
According to a list of specs, this new board includes the Tegra K1 SoC, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, one half mini-PCIe slot, one full size SD/MMC connector, and a full size HDMI port. The board also provides one USB 2.0 port (micro AB), one USB 3.0 port (A), one RS232 serial port, one ALC5639 Realtek Audio codec with Mic in and Line out, one RTL8111GS Realtek GigE LAN port, one SATA data port, and an SPI 4 MByte boot flash.
The board comes packed with a board support package and software stack, including OpenGL 4.4, as well as CUDA and the VisionWorks toolkit. There's also out-of-the-box support for cameras and other peripherals, and Nvidia's partner support networking including Avionic Design, GE Intelligent Platforms, ICD, SECO and Toshiba DME.
The VisionWorks toolkit includes a set of computer vision and image processing algorithms to quickly create applications. According to Nvidia, these include CUDA-powered capabilities in areas such as robotics, augmented reality, computational photography, human-computer interface and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
The Jetson TK1 Development Kit can be pre-purchased starting Tuesday for $192 USD from Nvidia, Microcenter and Newegg. In Europe, customers can pick up the kit from Zotac, SECO and Avionic Design. In Japan, it's available through Electro Corporation.