Ready for Takeoff: Off-the-Shelf Jetson TX1 Carrier Boards Let Developers Soar

by Jesse Clayton

Developers looking to bring deep learning to drones, robots and other embedded computing applications can now get a head start.

Connect Tech Inc. (CTI), an Ontario, Canada-based embedded-computing group, has launched the Astro Carrier for Jetson TX1. It’s the first commercially available, deployment-ready carrier board for our supercomputing module.

Deploying Jetson TX1 into a final product requires developers to design and manufacture custom carrier boards. But not everyone has the expertise or resources to do so. That changes with the Astro Carrier for Jetson TX1, which CTI introduced today at Embedded World, in Nuremberg, Germany.

Measuring only 57 x 87 mm — about the size of a playing card — Astro Carrier operates in temperatures ranging from -40º to +85ºC. This lets it pack Jetson TX1’s supercomputing punch across a wide range of environmental conditions.

CTI Astro Carrier for Jetson TX1
CTI Astro Carrier for Jetson TX1

Astro Carrier connects with off-the-shelf or custom breakout boards, and offers a full array of features, including:

  • 2 Gigabit ports (1 from Jetson TX1 and another from an on-board controller)
  • 1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 port
  • 1 HDMI port
  • Up to 3 camera serial interface channels
  • Mini PCIe expansion support

CTI also announced a lower cost carrier board, aptly named Elroy. It offers a lighter feature set while retaining the durability the company is known for. Elroy is slated to be available in April.

Designed for Developers

When we launched Jetson TX1 in November, we also released a complete suite of developer documentation that lets third-parties create their own carrier boards for it. The CTI Astro Carrier marks the first entry into the Jetson TX1 ecosystem, making it easier than ever for entrepreneurs, researchers and technologists to deploy our module.

If you’re at Embedded World this week, stop by the Connect Tech booth (Hall 2, Stand 2-318) or the NVIDIA booth (Hall 4A, Stand 4A-646) to see the CTI Astro Carrier for Jetson TX1 in person.

Pricing and availability of Astro Carrier for Jetson TX1 will be announced shortly, with delivery expected in the coming weeks.