Nvidia’s Jetson TX1 dev board is a “mobile supercomputer” for machine learning

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NVIDIA Corporation Debuts Jetson TX1 Supercomputer, Machine Learnings GPUs In Latest Product Push.

NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today unveiled a credit-card sized module that harnesses the power of machine learning to enable a new generation of smart, autonomous machines that can learn.

Following up from the Jetson TK1, announced back in March and sold into the United Kingdom through high-street electronics detailer Maplin, the Jetson TX1 is considerably more expensive: the Developer Kit, which includes the computer-on-module Jetson TX1 itself plus a break-out board turning it into a fully-functional system, is priced in the USA at $599 compared with $197 for the original Jetson TK1.The obsession for drones and Artificial Intelligence (AI) has taken center stage, as more and more companies shift their focus and resources to the further development of this segment, which is still in its infancy. The NVIDIA® Jetson™ TX1 module addresses the challenge of creating a new wave of millions of smart devices — drones that don’t just fly by remote control, but navigate their way through a forest for search and rescue; compact security surveillance systems that don’t just scan crowds, but identify suspicious activity; and robots that don’t just perform tasks, but tailor them to individuals’ habits — by incorporating capabilities such as machine learning, computer vision, navigation and more. The TX1 has 256 graphics cores to process images so that your “plastic pals who are fun to be with” can recognize objects and avoid collisions using “deep-learning” algorithms and image processing engines, Clayton said.

This new approach to program computers is called machine learning and can be used to perform complex tasks such as recognizing images, processing conversational speech, or analyzing a room full of furniture and finding a path to navigate across it. To justify the cost of the board, Nvidia has packed in the technology: there are an interestingly unspecified number of central-processing cores based on ARM’s 64-bit Cortex-A57 design linked to a 256-core Maxwell-architecture graphics processor offering a claimed teraflop of compute. CEO of the company Jen-Hsun Huang believes that machine learning will bring us into the most exciting times in computing yet, and he’s not alone in this thinking.

It is no larger than a classic credit card but packs a ruthless 1 teraflop of horsepower that delivers more power than any developer board available in the market. It has uses that range from artificial intelligence-assisted robots, to advanced systems in automobiles, and to Internet of Things-connected intelligent machines. The ability for computers to write the software itself and do artificially intelligent things has revolutionized web services,” Nvidia co-founder and Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang said at a company press event in San Francisco today.

Our students will use TX1 for embedded vision, stereo reconstruction and machine learning, so their scale racecars will be able to detect and avoid obstacles. The Santa Clara, California-based company, already sells its GPUs to some of the biggest shot callers in the tech industry, such as Google, IBM and Microsoft, amongst others, helping them run their internal applications and also enabling them to execute other corporations’ AI apps. Third, support for CUDA enables developers to use the GPU to accelerate their applications without having to delve into the complexities of GPU programming.” Availability The NVIDIA Jetson TX1 Developer Kit can be preordered starting Nov. 12 for $599 in the United States, with availability in other regions in the next few weeks.

Keep Current on NVIDIA Subscribe to the NVIDIA blog, follow us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram, and view NVIDIA videos on YouTube and images on Flickr. SunEdison Inc. (NYSE:SUNE) – a major renewable energy company – reported its third quarter financial results before markets opened on Tuesday, amid a period of significant volatility. The company’s technologies are transforming a world of displays into a world of interactive discovery — for everyone from gamers to scientists, and consumers to enterprise customers. The disappointing earnings were followed by a major sell-off in the stock on Tuesday, as SunEdison lost 22% of its market value during the regular trading session.

Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, statements as to: the features, performance, benefits and availability of Jetson TX1 are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Analysts at Oppenheimer – an equity research firm – believe the sell-off highlights SunEdison’s “multiple moving parts and lack of clarity on the status of key acquisitions.” While the market is not buying SunEdison’s story, the research firm highlights two points that it believes support the company’s ability to meet its revised growth targets. Firstly, the private market for SunEdison’s projects is robust, and should help the company attain positive cash flow generation at the “devco level” by the first half of 2016. With $0.17 – $0.18 per watt in operating profit, the research firm’s revised installation estimates for 2016 would result in $619 million of earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT). These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances. © 2015 NVIDIA Corporation.

Secondly, the company’s capital plan for 2016 appears to be on “solid footing” in the light of strategic finance warehouse agreements that were recently closed. NVIDIA, the NVIDIA logo, Tegra, CUDA, Maxwell, NVIDIA Jetson and NVIDIA VisionWorks are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. The acquisition has been delayed, as management indicated at the conference call that it was making a proxy filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding the deal, which could see its closing slip into the first quarter of 2016. However, on a more positive note, SunEdison closed a warehouse equity commitment with JP Morgan, which could provide over 50% of the company’s 2016 capital requirement. CEO, Richard Kinder finalized a whopping $71 billion deal to consolidate partners, Kinder Morgan Management LLC, Kinder Morgan Partners LP, and El Paso Pipeline Partners LP.

While the management of the infrastructure company has consistently pressed on the fact that it has little exposure to crude prices, the stock declined 34.32% in the last one year. In a press release released on November 10, Argus identified the falling stock price problem at Kinder Morgan; it reduced its 12-month price target from $35 to $15, and assigned a Buy rating to the stock. Issuing debt would endanger, the company’s investment grade rating, while issuing equity would impose dilutive pressure on its earnings, which would put further pressure on the company’s stock price. However the most notable achievement for the company was its nine-month coverage ratio, which came in at 1.07, implying that it managed to generate cash flows in excess of declared dividends.

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