Nvidia’s Tegra K1 designed into DJI drone embedded computer

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DJI Launches Most Powerful Computer Designed for Drones.

SHENZHEN, China and LONDON, Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — DJI, the world leader in creative aerial technology, today announced the launch of the DJI Manifold, a high-performance embedded computer designed specifically to fly. Utilizing DJI’s Onboard SDK (Software Development Kit), the Manifold is a user-friendly system enabling developers to create more powerful professional applications for use with aerial technology. “With the Manifold, we are entering a new era of smarter, faster and more powerful aerial platforms. The $3,300 Matrice 100 is essentially DJI’s flying developer platform, with the ability to carry hardware like the Manifold and customizable sensors.

As the Manifold computer both collects and analyses data in the air, it provides an efficient solution for developers in need of time-sensitive information. It is also equipped with an Nvida Tegra quad-core processor, with an additional battery-saver core that handles all of the computation when the other cores are not required.

Manifold opens up for aerial and ground technology to intelligently work together to solve complex problems,” Michael Perry, DJI director of strategic partnerships, said in a statement. With a Quad-core ARM Cortex A-15 Processor and a super-fast NVIDIA Kepler-based GPU, the Manifold provides powerful image processing and efficient parallel computing.

This, DJI argues, will enable “new artificial intelligence applications such as computer vision and deep learning.” The computer also features standard USB and Ethernet ports for attaching infrared cameras, atmospheric research devices, surveying equipment, and other sensors. With DJI’s Onboard SDK and compatibility with third-party sensors, the Ubuntu-based Manifold runs the Nvidia Tegra K1 quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor with 192 GPU cores, which can hit clock speeds of up to 2.2GHz. Equipped with USB, Ethernet, HDMI and a variety of others ports, it enables the use of a wide range of sensors, monitors or interfaces. “We are excited to be working with DJI, who like us, believe in pushing technology beyond the limits of possibilities and paving the way for creators, makers and developers,” said Mark Murphy, Canonical’s VP, Devices Sales and Global Alliances. Most consumers and businesses buy technology to accomplish a task, and DJI’s new computer opens the door for developers to make many more drone apps for specific uses.

Ubuntu 14.04, the Long Term Support (LTS) version, will be available on the Manifold, providing support and maintenance for five years from release date. While the system can be used with the many drones offered by DJI, it was designed for the Matrice 100 drone, released by the company earlier this year for $3299. The Zenmuse X5 and X5R are designed for aerial use, and take 16-megapixel stills and 4K video on a stabilized 3-axis gimbal that integrates with DJI’s Inspire 1 drone.

DJI was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight control technology and camera stabilization. It enables developers to transform aerial platforms into truly intelligent flying robots that can perform complex computing tasks and advanced image processing literally on the fly.

DJI’s global operations currently span North America, Europe and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by customers in over 100 countries; for applications in film, advertising, construction, fire fighting, farming, and many other industries. The Manifold makes the process of coming up with drone applications easier by providing a standardized on-board computer that is specifically customized for flying. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dji-launches-most-powerful-computer-designed-for-drones-300170067.html

The Manifold packs the processing power of a PC graphics card and supports DirectX and OpenGL, enabling your aerial platform to process high resolution images in real time.

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