NVIDIA's New AI Processors Are Six Times More Powerful

NVIDIA has launched a new version of its processors for AI, thus replacing its previous version, the Jetson AGX Xavier, (with a price of 900 euros) for robots that it launched in 2018. The new module, called Jetson AGX Orin, has six times the processing power of Xavier even though it has the same form factor and can still fit in the palm of your hand. NVIDIA designed Orin to be an "energy efficient artificial intelligence supercomputer" intended for use in robotics, autonomous devices, and medical, as well as cutting-edge artificial intelligence applications that may seem impossible at the moment.

The chipmaker says Orin is capable of 200 trillion operations per second. It is built on the NVIDIA Ampere architecture GPU, features Arm Cortex-A78AE CPUs, and comes with next-generation deep learning and vision accelerators, giving it the ability to run multiple AI applications.

Orin will provide users with access to the company's software and tools, including the NVIDIA Isaac Sim scalable robotic simulation application, which enables physically accurate and photorealistic virtual environments where developers can test and manage their AI-powered robots. For users in the healthcare industry, there is NVIDIA Clara for AI-powered genomics and imaging. And for autonomous vehicle developers, there's NVIDIA Drive.

The company has not yet revealed how much the Orin will cost, but it does intend for the Jetson AGX Orin module and development kit to be available in the first quarter of 2022. Possibly we are talking about a price range not very different from that of Jetson AGX Xavier.

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