The release of the Jetson AGX Orin, Nvidia's flagship powerhouse for AI, passed with a little less fanfare than previous AI-based single-board computers (SBCs). This seems odd because, on paper, it's the most powerful embedded AI board available. While the ~$2500 price will put some hobby buyers off, it's incredible to see this level of edge processing capability in such small form factors.
At Electronica 2022, we chatted with Ole Valeur, Senior Global Application Engineer at OKdo, about the new Jetson AGX Orin and the development kit demo on display:
One interesting point Ole made that often gets overlooked is choosing the hardware required for any given task. The Orin is capable of bleeding edge, high-compute tasks and is perfect for pushing the boundaries. However, it can also scale down the power to mimic hardware with lower throughput. This is perfect for finalizing an idea, then optimizing it based on the hardware budget.
If you are learning Embedded AI for computer vision, robotics, or consumer products, you will likely end up with custom hardware based on your needs. The Nvidia Jetson AGX Orin looks like the perfect one-stop shop to develop prototypes of any scale.
Game development requires a top-of-the-line computer, even though end users can scale graphics on releases to reflect previous-generation hardware. Edge AI had yet to have a one-stop shop like this before. Now it does.
Another point of notice, in these strange times, is availability. As we write this, we have plenty of Jetson AGX Orin dev kits in stock!