Credit card sized supercomputer is here

Visual computing leader has brought the teraflop module Jetson TX1 to India,  in a  kit form ,  enabling desi developers to create Artificial Intelligence solutions

Bangalore, October 5 2016: The launch last month in India of  visual computing leader NVIDIA's   Jetson TX1, opens the doors for developers here to build solutions around the world's first supercomputer that fits in the palm of your hand.
 TheTX1 is a credit card sized module with  256  of NVIDIA's processing cores on board, which together deliver  1 tera flop or  a trillion ( that's a million million) computer operations a second. The module  can be programmed  for 64-bit computing   and with its DNA in graphical processing, it can handle 4K or  ultra high definition video. It comes with 16 GB of onboard storage, can be programmed in Linux and has  networking capability via WiFi, Bluetooth and Etherne
This is a  device  made for Artificial Intelligence applications  -- and one of the first applications it is fueling is the guidance and control of  autonomous drones and robots. it is also the first embedded computer designed to process deep neural networks -- computer software that can learn to recognize objects or interpret information  -- mimicking  the human brain.   Its  smart features  and capability  in machine learning and navigation  is seeing its deployment in drones that navigate their way through a forest for search and rescue; compact security surveillance systems that  can identify suspicious activity;
For developers, the Jetson TX1 is available as part  of a   kit , which enables  hobbyists and professionals to develop and test autonomous devices. This makes it easy to transition from development to manufacturing and production.  The kit costs around Rs 79,000 in India
Says Vishal Dhupar, NVIDIA's India Managing Director: “With the Jetson TX1, India’s innovators from startups to academia and research can harness the power of parallel computing on mobile embedded products with applications limited only by one’s imagination.”

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