NVIDIA Announces Availability of New Isaac Platform to Power Next-Gen Autonomous Machines

At Computex in Taiwan, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang announced the availability of the NVIDIA Isaac platform that includes new hardware, software and a virtual-world robot simulator.

“AI is the most powerful technology force of our time. Its first phase will enable new levels of software automation that boost productivity in many industries,” said Huang. “Someday, there will be billions of intelligent machines in manufacturing, home delivery, warehouse logistics and much more.”

At the heart of the robotics platform is Jetson Xavier, the world’s first computer designed specifically for robotics. The system is made up of more than 9 billion transistors to deliver over 30 trillion operations per second — more processing capability than a powerful workstation.

The Jetson Xavier system is comprised of six kinds of high-performance processors including the Volta Tensor Core GPU, an eight-core ARM64 CPU, dual NVDLA deep learning accelerators, as well as image, vision and video processors.

The system takes input from the various sensors and performs tasks including locating itself, reading its environment, recognizing and predicting motion, and reason what action to take efficiently and safely.

NVIDIA provides a suite of software products for the simulation, training, verification and deployment of Jetson Xavier — consisting of:

  • Isaac SDK – a collection of APIs and tools to develop robotics algorithm software and runtime framework with fully accelerated libraries.
  • Isaac IMX – Isaac Intelligent Machine Acceleration applications, a collection of NVIDIA-developed robotics algorithm software.
  • Isaac Sim – a highly realistic virtual simulation environment for developers to train autonomous machines and perform hardware-in-the-loop testing with Jetson Xavier.

The NVIDIA Jetson Xavier developer kit, which includes the Isaac robotics software, will be priced at $1,299 and developers will have early access in August.  

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