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NVIDIA Jetson TX1 Super-Mini-Computer
Super computer power with mind blowing performance in a mini form factor.

Jrgen Stelbrink
Munich, Germany
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4,668 EUR raised by 19 backers
93% of 5,000
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Auvidea J120
You are looking for very high CPU and GPU performance computer in a tiny package. The
J120 carrier together with the Jetson TX1 compute module packs super computer power in a
mini form factor.

The J110 just got better - it became the J120 and now features an integrated 9 axis sensor
(IMU) for drone and UAV applications. To reduce risk and improve time to market we have
implemented the mini HDMI port of the J100.
This block diagram shows a minimum CAN centric flight controller based on the TX1. The
motors are controlled via CAN based ESCs like the ESC32 by Autoquad. Positioning data is
provided by the Auvidea CAN2GPS module (38183 - Ublox MAX8W). The USB3 stereo
camera may be used for visual navigation and object detection.
How do the various models differ?
J100 + 38194: this is the combination of the J100 plugged into the 38194 modular
motherboard, which brings out a few extra interfaces.

Quad core ARM + GeForce graphics

Look at the J120 being the integration of a high performance quad core ARM system and a
NVIDIA GeForce graphics card. You can even run your CUDA or Visionworks applications
on the J120 with TX1.

play 4k videos

3D animations with GPU computations (CUDA)

deep learning and computer vision - auto fly the UAV


Just 2 months ago NVIDIA started shipping the Jetson TX1 development board with the TX1
compute module. For the J100 shrinks the development board to the tiniest form factor
possible - the size of the TX1 compute module itself. The J110 is just slightly bigger. It is just
a little wider to make space for standard connectors.

mini HDMI port to connect to your monitor

USB2 and USB3 for mouse, keyboard and devices like the ZED stereo camera

Gigabit Ethernet

Wifi

onboard M.2 type M slot for extremely fast SSDs (up to 2500 Mbyte/s)

size: just 50 x 111 mm (TX1 + 24mm)


NVIDIA Jetson TX1

NVIDIA's press release states that "Jetson TX1 is the first embedded computer designed to
process deep neural networks -- computer software that can learn to recognize objects or
interpret information." The 3.4x2 inch (87x50mm) module includes a Tegra X1 ARM Cortex-
A57 processor with 256 core NVIDIA Maxwell graphics, 4GB of LPDDR4 memory, 16GB
of eMMC storage, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet.
3D image of J120 carrier board

The 3D image shows the 3 connectors for 1000B-T Ethernet, dual USB3 and mini HDMI
port on the left. In the middle is the M.2 slot for 2280 (22x80mm) ultra fast SSDs. On the
bottom edge are expansion connectors for USB0, fan, UART, 2x CAN and power. On the
back side (not visible) is a micro SD card reader. No external memory device is needed to
boot the TX1. It boots from the internal 16GB eMMC.
Currently the J120 printed circuit board (38198) is in PCB making. Please have a look at the
blog in the end. Then we will build up prototypes. First samples for beta customers will be
available in late March/early April. We will test these and correct any bugs, if there are any.
With our experience with the J100 we expect the rev 1 of the J120 to be very clean. In any
case we will clean up the design with rev 2 and produce a bigger quantity. I expect rev 2 to
become available in April/May 2016.

Auvidea J100 carrier board for the TX1


Auvidea has developed the tiny J100 (38188) carrier board, which is targeted mainly at UAV
applications. Therefore it has non standard connectors, to reduce weight and size. The rev 1
pictured below has a pin connectors for USB3. Rev 2 (38188-2) will have 2 micro USB 3
connectors (on the left). Optionally it will integrate a 9 axis sensor (IMU).

We have received the first prototype (38188) on Feb 7. In just 5 days, we got all the basic
functions to work. It boots into the Ubuntu GUI. We can run complex applications like
playing 4k videos on a 1080p60 monitor. We can read and write the SD card. We have
console access via the UART. Next we bring up Ethernet by interfacing a motherboard to
connect to a standard RJ45 connector.
This picture shows how the J100 mounts underneath the TX1. The board size is exactly the
same (50x87mm) as the TX1. The large heatsink on top is optional. The TX1 features
extensive power management. If it is not doing much it stays very cool. But if you really load
the CPU and GPU the power consumption might raise to 10 to 15 watts.

The J120 design is largely based on the J100. We just increased the size slightly to make
space for the standard connectors (RJ45 Ethernet, dual USB3 and mini Displayport). As we
now know the little mistakes we have made on the rev 1 J100, we are very confident that the
J120 will work straight away.
Plan
Please contribute so that we have the funds to finance the build of a pre-production run.
we have a batch of PCBs (printed circuit boards) build

we need to source the components required - some have lead times and need to be
ordered in quantity

first we build a couple of sample in mid March and test them thoroughly

next we build a batch of cards for the beta customers

NIVIDIA Jetson TX1

I think NVIDIA has designed a great product with the TX1. It brings high performance
desktop performance and features to embedded system. So now we can architect a very
powerful and feature rich mini computer.

I think people will then have a platform so they an bring a whole set of new
applications and use cases to life

our focus is on UAV applications - with the TX1 the UAV has the compute
performance so it eventually can see like we do. Times will be over where the UAVs
just fly into trees or people.

please have a look at the auvidea.eu site. Our focus is on products to encode video so
HD quality can be streamed live from the UAV to the ground station.

RisksThe J100 shows that we are on the right track. Auvidea has the knowhow to concept,
design and manufacture high integrated systems with todays high speed serial busses like
USB3, CSI-2, HDMI, LVDS and more. We understand the design rules to make this
technology work. And our team is very dedicated and motivated to bring these systems to life
in a very short time. Our in-house manufacturing allows us to build prototypes and the initial
production run very quickly with top quality.
This picture shows the production of the bottom side of the J100 module together with 2
other products on the same panels. This fully automatic pick and place system has the
precision and speed to place the tiny and fine pitch components on the board.
Embedded World show
From Feb 23 to 25 we are showing the J100 at the NVIDIA booth at the Embedded World
show in Nuremberg. If you get a chance please come to see us and have a look at our carrier
boards for the TX1.

Please also have a look at the thread below. Here the TX1 and Auvidea's carrier boards for the
TX1 are discussed.
DIYdrones thread on the TX1 and Auvidea's carrier boards

Where do I get the TX1?


The TX1 development board have been shipping in the US since December 2015. Thousands
of kits already have been shipped. The list price is $599. There is a special educational
discount: $299. European orders are scheduled to start shipping in March 2016. We are
looking it creating a special bundle of the J100 and J120 carrier boards and the TX1. Please
stay tuned.
Can I pay in US $?
This project is set up in EUR. But do not worry. If you are based in the U.S. or elsewhere you
can easily pay in US $ with your standard Paypal account. Just specify that you would like to
pay in EUR. Paypal takes care of the currency conversion for you.
Blog
February 12: start of the layout of the J110 carrier board. We started with the J100 and
removed all components which are not required. The board was enlarged by 20mm to make
room for the connectors. Then all required components are placed to the right and yellow
wires indicate how they should connect. There are 325 components in total.

This is the J100 prototype with TX1 module installed in an aluminum case. We will demo
this at the Embedded World show next week in Nuremberg. This setup has the ZED stereo
camera connected and it runs the ZED depth finder demo app.
The large PCB shown is the J200, which is designed to carry two TX1 modules for power
hungry applications.
February 20: layout of the J110 finalized. PCB production of the J110 and the J100 rev 2
will start on Monday, Feb 22nd. I expect to receive the finished PCBs on Tuesday, March 8th.
Both the J100 and the J110 are 6 layer PCBs.

If you are interested in the J100 and you would to build a UAV or drone to show at the
upcoming NVIDIA GTC please contact me, so that we work out a special plan.
February 22: the designs of the J100 and J110 taped out yesterday and the PCBs were
ordered. The plan is that the first PCBs will be populated right after we have received them.
Testing should be fairly quick, unless there are some unforeseen issues. So if things work
well and I am confident that they will, we should be able to ship the first units mid March.
The fully assembled demo case for the Embedded World show. We now integrated the first
J200. Unfortunately there was no time before the show, to power up and test the J200. So this
has to wait until Friday.
February 25: the Embedded World show was great. We have seen great interest in the TX1
and the carrier boards.
March 3: we were busy to finish the design of the modular motherboard for the J100.
The J100/TX1 combo plugs in on the left side. On the right there are slots for one or two
flight controllers. When the J100 is plugged into this motherboard, more features/interfaces
become available:

Gigabit Ethernet on 9 pin connector or on RJ45 (mounted on the bottom)

buttons and USB port for firmware upgrade

2 CAN interfaces

2 optional CAN interfaces with Holt HI-3110 to support ARINC 825 and
CANaerospace standards

M.2 key B (SATA) 2242 module slot for SSDs

size: 87 x 98 mm (weight: approx. 60 grams)


power: optionally 2 inputs up to 42V (10 LIPO cells) - redundant powering

Next we started bringing up the J200. The TX1 is now booting and Gb Ethernet is working.
But we have issues with the display port output. This is the reason why we went back to the
mini HDMI output with the J120.
With the new focus on the J120 (38198), the perks with the J110 (38197) have been removed
and replaced by the J120. The price has increased from 199 to 219 because of the
integration of the 9 axis IMU. Supporters of the J110 will be upgraded to the J120 at no extra
cost.
March 4: the first batch of PCBs for the J120 has been ordered. They are scheduled to come
in on March 15. If everything works out as expected, we should be able to ship the first
samples of the J120 rev 1 to beta customers starting March 20. The confidence level is very
high, as functions like UART, SD card, USB, USB3 already have been tested on the J100 and
J200. M.2, CAN and CSI-2 have not been tested yet.
March 14: the PCBs of the J100 rev 2 have arrived and today the bottom side components
have been populated. The campaign has been extended by 10 days, so I can show working
prototypes of the J100 rev 2 and J120 before the campaign ends

March 15: a first batch of J100 rev 2 carrier boards has been build. It is a complete success.
On the first board tested, the TX1 booted up straight away. HDMI out and USB 3 are ok. Just
the new auto boot features requires a very minor patch.

March 17: a first batch of J120 carrier boards were build up. Within an hour we got Ubuntu
booting, so HDMI out, Ethernet, USB 2 and 3 are working fine. As a first test we played a 4k
demo video. This max'ed out the quad core ARM processors.
March 22: we now got the M.2 slot (with four PCIe lanes) to work. I requires the Jetson TX1
kernel to be compiled to install the NVME driver for the M.2 cards. Next the J120 rev 1
needs to be patched for it to work. We could verify operation and identified the changes
required for rev 2 of the J120.
Perks
199
EUR
+ Shipping
Auvidea J100
This is the 38188-2 carrier board for European Union customers with VAT ID number and all
worldwide customers. It is free of VAT. The TX1 compute module is not included. This is the
rev 2 board. Shipment by DHL Express to most countries.
2 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated March 2016
219
EUR
+ Shipping
Auvidea J120 rev 1 beta
This is the J120 (38198) carrier board with IMU for European Union customers with VAT ID
number and all worldwide customers. It is free of VAT. The TX1 compute module is not
included. This is the rev 1 board. This board will have the basic functionality. However it
may have some patches. The quantity on rev 1 modules is limited to 10 pieces. Shipment by
DHL Express to most countries.
4 out of 5 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated March 2016
219
EUR
+ Shipping
Auvidea J120 rev 2
The J120 (38198-2) carrier board with IMU (MPU-9250) for European Union customers with
VAT ID number and all worldwide customers. It is free of VAT. The TX1 compute module is
not included. This is the rev 2 board. Shipment by DHL Express to most countries.
5 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated April 2016
237
EUR
+ Shipping
Auvidea J100 (EU incl. VAT)
This is the 38188-2 carrier board for German and European Union customers. 19% German
VAT is included. The TX1 compute module is not included. This is the rev 2 board.
1 claimed
Ships to: European Union
Estimated April 2016
261
EUR
+ Shipping
Auvidea J120 rev 1 beta (EU)
The J120 (38198) carrier board with IMU for German and European Union customers. 19%
German VAT is included. The TX1 compute module is not included. This is the rev 1 board.
This board will have the basic functionality. However it may have some patches. The quantity
on rev 1 modules will be limited to 10 pieces.
1 out of 5 claimed
Ships to: European Union
Estimated March 2016
261
EUR
+ Shipping
Auvidea J120 rev 2 (EU)
This is the J120 (38198-2) carrier board with IMU (MPU-9250) for German and European
Union customers. 19% German VAT is included. The TX1 compute module is not included.
This is the rev 2 board.
2 claimed
Ships to: European Union
Estimated April 2016
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