With Great Power Comes Great Portability: Enter Tegra K1 CUDA Vision Challenge, Win Jetson TK1

by Will Park

Attention enthusiasts, developers and makers. Are you working on a new embedded computing application?

Meet the Jetson TK1 Developer Kit. It’s the world’s first mobile supercomputer for embedded systems, putting unprecedented computing performance in a low-power, portable and fully programmable package.

Power, ports, and portability: the Jetson TK1 development kit.
The Jetson TK1 development kit

It’s the ultimate platform for developing next-generation computer vision solutions for robotics, medical devices, and automotive applications.

And we’re giving away 50 of them as part of our Tegra K1 CUDA Vision Challenge.

In addition to the Tegra K1 processor, the Jetson TK1 DevKit is equipped with 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage and a host of ports and connectivity options.

And, because it offers full support for CUDA, the most pervasive, easy-to-use parallel computing platform and programming model, it’s much easier to program than the FPGA, custom ASIC and DSP processors that are typically used in today’s embedded systems.

Jetson TK1 is based on the Kepler computing architecture, the same technology powering today’s supercomputers, professional workstations and high-end gaming rigs. It has 192 CUDA cores, delivering over 300 GFLOPs of performance, and also provides full support for OpenGL 4.4, and CUDA 6.0, as well as the GPU-accelerated OpenCV.

Best of all it’s “plug-and-play” out of the box, and boots directly to an Ubuntu desktop.

Our Tegra K1 system-on-a-chip offers unprecedented power and portability.
Our Tegra K1 system-on-a-chip offers unprecedented power and portability.

Entering the Tegra K1 CUDA Vision Challenge is easy. Just tell us about your embedded application idea. All proposals must be submitted April 30, 2014. Entries will be judged for innovation, impact on research or industry, public availability, and quality of work.

By the end of May, the top 50 submissions will be awarded one of the first Jetson TK1 DevKits to roll off the production line, as well as access to technical support documents and assets.

The five most noteworthy Jetson TK1 breakthroughs may get a chance to share their work at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference in 2015.

Make your submission here.

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  • http://packetfury.net/ James Langbridge

    I’m probably not eligible, for quite a few reasons, but thanks NVIDIA for such an awesome competition! This board looks really nice; 192 CUDA cores makers this a beast in embedded calculation, and the NVIDIA logo smack in the middle just makes it even more awesome! Now if only I had time to play and come up with an application! Still, I have a second book to finish, so I’ll see if I can buy one in a few months! Good luck everyone!

  • Alfonzo Alfon

    Nvidia should at least make the ram hit the mark of 4 gigabytes, also make it a cheap but a very effective and satisfying product to help gamers that are new in the this kind of technology.

  • Mark

    Since Canada is not eligible for entry, how can I register to purchase one, once available?

  • Dale Ang

    My concept would be to use a bunch of these (Beowulf cluster, hehe…) for implementing a CUDA processing system running Gromacs to calculate DNA quadruplex binding drug trajectories for potential anti-cancer agents (my current research interest). Unfortunately I’m not eligible (I’m Australian).

  • Sami Samov

    I just was about to send my idea and I saw that this is only for america, which is typical for nVidia, they do not appreciate smart and innovative people outside america. 😀
    Too bad…. but only for nVidia, coz I’m sure that smart and innovative people do not need some company to make the opportunity to create, they do it all by themselves.

    Keep up the good job you doing, all of you innovative people outside america 🙂

  • Jonah Manke

    I can’t even……… The aplications for medical and scientific are beyond my ability to put down cohesively so on a smaller front what about about a mobile editing box for video makers?

  • Acacia Love

    nice one 1

  • Brian Caulfield

    Here’s more information on how to acquire a Jetson TK1 Develolpment Kit of your own. Thanks! https://developer.nvidia.com/jetson-tk1

  • Brian Caulfield

    Many thanks for your feedback!

  • Thomas Hardman

    This may seem silly, but what would be the right thing to use as a case for this?

    I do intend to get one and hope that the X-Plane Linux version can be made to run on it, or will soon be ported. That’s an exceptional flight simulator and this system seems ideal to run it, either dedicated or as a gaming option to whatever serious work may be done with the system.

    But it would be nice to have a case for this that will let it be cooled properly, and which might offer some protection from Mountain Dew spillage. Recommendations, please?

    Serious project: BOINC.

  • Ian S.

    I think a way to use these would be to rack ’em and stack ’em for mini-servers. Another reason might be for simple mobile physics simulation for architects if they’re onsite.

  • Jeff Rennie

    Looks like fun

  • Jametri George

    I would put the Jetson TK1 inside a small compact box, it would have a usb 2.0 male cable attached to it on the outside, you would connect it to a computer via usb 2.0 female port. It would be programmed and to include software to increase processing and graphical performance on a desktop or laptop, using the Tegra k1 cpu/gpu/ram. Many people in America or foreign countries have low performance desktops and or laptops. This will solve many problems with school computers being to slow and also help more and more people to do things they couldn’t with their original pc. As a gamer, this will also help me and others in pc gaming have a more capabilities in playing demanding games.