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NVIDIA Unveils First Mobile Supercomputer for Embedded Systems

NVIDIA Unveils First Mobile Supercomputer for Embedded Systems 
Jetson TK1 DevKit Harnesses Tegra K1's Compute Capabilities to Enable
New Computer-Vision Applications for Robotics, Medical, Avionics,
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SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/25/14 --   GTC -- NVIDIA today
opened the door to the development of a new generation of
applications that employ computer vision, image processing and
real-time data processing -- with the launch of a developer platform
based on the world's first mobile supercomputer for embedded systems. 
The NVIDIA(R) Jetson(TM) TK1 Developer Kit provides developers with
the tools to create systems and applications that can enable robots
to seamlessly navigate, physicians to perform mobile ultrasound
scans, drones to avoid moving objects and cars to detect pedestrians. 
With unmatched performance of 326 gigaflops -- nearly three times
more than any similar embedded platform -- the Jetson TK1 Developer
Kit includes a full C/C++ toolkit based on NVIDIA CUDA(R)
architecture, the most pervasive parallel computing platform and
programming model. This makes it much easier to program than the
FPGA, custom ASIC and DSP processors that are commonly used in
current embedded systems. 
"Jetson TK1 fast tracks embedded computing into a future where
machines interact and adapt to their environments in real time," said
Ian Buck, vice president of Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA. "This
platform enables developers to fully harness computer vision in
handheld devices, bringing supercomputing capabilities to low-power
devices." 
Tegra K1 at its Heart
 At the heart of the Jetson TK1 Developer Kit
is the Tegra(R) K1 mobile processor, NVIDIA's 192-core super chip
built on the NVIDIA Kepler(TM) architecture, the world's most
advanced and energy-efficient GPU. Tegra K1's 192 fully programmable
cores deliver the world's most advanced graphics and compute
performance in a mobile form factor. 
The Tegra K1 processor is based on the same Kepler architecture that
powers the U.S.'s fastest supercomputer, the Titan supercomputer at
Oak Ridge National Laboratories, as well the world's 10 most
efficient supercomputers. Designed from the ground up for CUDA --
which has more than 100,000 developers at over 8,000 institutions,
and is taught at top universities in 62 countries -- Jetson TK1
Developer Kit includes the programming tools required by software
developers to quickly develop and deploy compute-intensive systems. 
Strong Backing 
 A range of developers and system builders in the
industrial, robotics and medical fields have expressed support for
the development platform. 
Chris Jones, director of strategic technology development at iRobot
Corporation, said: "Having the level of performance and energy
efficiency Jetson TK1 offers can potentially support the development
of robots with real-time object recognition and compelling autonomous
navigation capabilities. Our experience with the previous generation
CUDA development kit has already enabled us to make great progress
training robots to interact more intelligently with their
environment." 
Simon Collins, product manager at GE Intelligent Platforms, said:
"Tegra K1 can change what's possible in the rugged and industrial
embedded market. We expect to be able to offer solutions in the
sub-10 watt space that previously consumed 100 watts or more." 
VisionWorks Software Toolkit 
 The Jetson TK1 platform supports the
NVIDIA VisionWorks(TM) toolkit, which provides a rich set of computer
vision and image processing algorithms to create applications
quickly. These include CUDA-powered capabilities in areas such as
robotics, augmented reality, computational photography,
human-computer interface and advanced driver assistance systems
(ADAS).  
Developer Tools 
 The Jetson TK1 Developer Kit comes with the full
support of the CUDA 6.0 developer tool suite, including debuggers and
profilers to develop massively parallel applications. CUDA 6 also
brings to the ARM platform NVIDIA's accelerated libraries for FFTs,
linear algebra, sparse matrix, plus image and video processing.  
Hardware Capabilities
 Jetson TK1 is the first developer platform for
the Tegra K1, which was unveiled in January at the International
Consumer Electronics Show. It includes 2GB memory and input/output
connectors for USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4, Gigabit Ethernet, audio, SATA,
miniPCIe and an SD card slot. 
It comes with a board support package and software stack, including
OpenGL 4.4, as well as CUDA and the VisionWorks toolkit. It also
includes a complete suite of development and profiling tools,
out-of-the-box support for cameras and other peripherals, and
NVIDIA's partner support networking including Avionic Design, GE
Intelligent Platforms, ICD, SECO and Toshiba DME.  
Availability
 The
NVIDIA Jetson TK1 Development Kit can be preordered starting today
for $192, in the U.S., from NVIDIA, Microcenter and Newegg. It is
also available for preorder from Avionic Design, SECO and Zotac in
Europe. Distribution in Japan is through Ryoyo Electro Corporation. 
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and science of visual computing. 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
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Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited
to, statements as to: the impact, benefits, performance, features and
availability of NVIDIA Jetson TK1; and the impact and benefits of
NVIDIA Tegra K1 and the NVIDIA VisionWorks toolkit are
forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and
uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different
than expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results
to differ materially include: global economic conditions; our
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our products; the impact of technological development and
competition; development of new products and technologies or
enhancements to our existing product and technologies; market
acceptance of our products or our partners' products; design,
manufacturing or software defects; changes in consumer preferences or
demands; changes in industry standards and interfaces; unexpected
loss of performance of our products or technologies when integrated
into systems; as well as other factors detailed from time to time in
the reports NVIDIA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
or SEC, including its Form 10-K for the fiscal period ended January
26, 2014. Copies of reports filed with the SEC are posted on the
company's website and are available from NVIDIA without charge. 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. 
Copyright 2014 NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved. NVIDIA, the
NVIDIA logo, Tegra, CUDA, Jetson, VisionWorks and Kepler are
trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the
U.S. and other countries. Other company and product names may be
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associated. Features, pricing, availability and specifications are
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For further information, contact:
George Millington
NVIDIA Corporation
(408) 562-7226
gmillington@nvidia.com 
 
 
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