Connect Tech Announces New Computer Vision Carrier Boards for NVIDIA Jetson

By Mike Ball / 08 Mar 2017
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Connect Tech Cogswell Carrier for NVIDIA JetsonConnect Tech has announced the release of three new carrier boards for the new NVIDIA Jetson TX2 and existing Jetson TX1 products. The high-performance, low-power NVIDIA Jetson platform brings real-time artificial intelligence (AI) performance to edge devices, ranging from robots and drones to enterprise collaboration devices and intelligent cameras.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our Jetson TX2 and TX1 deployable solutions with products such as Cogswell and Spacely that have been specifically designed for computer vision applications, allowing multiple GigE Vision and MIPI CSI-2 cameras to be used simultaneously,” said Michele Kasza, Vice President Sales and Marketing. “We know that our Sprocket carrier board will be a huge success in the community with anyone looking to develop and deploy on not only the smallest Jetson TX2/TX1 platform but the lowest cost one.”

Cogswell is designed for use with Gigabit Ethernet vision cameras (GigE Vision) and includes a total of five Gigabit Ethernet ports. Four of these ports can be used for IEEE 802.3af (PoE) 15.4W power sourcing or two of these ports can be used for IEEE 802.3at (PoE+) 25.5W power sourcing. Additionally, the Cogswell carrier enables HDMI video, CAN, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, USB OTG, Mini-PCIe/mSATA expansion, and two RS-232 serial ports.

Spacely targets unmanned vehicles and other applications where situational awareness is critical. It enables users to simultaneously capture up to 6 MIPI CSI-2 cameras as well as offering built-in expansion for a GPS/GNSS module. It includes a multi-I/O port specifically designed to enable easy connection to OEM autopilots such as the Pixhawk. Other on-board interconnects include 2x GbE, 1x HDMI, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, USB OTG, as well as miniPCIe and mSATA expansion.

Sprocket is the company’s smallest and lowest profile solution. Sprocket and Jetson TX2 or TX1 can be mounted flat in the smallest of areas, such as the space-constrained payloads of unmanned vehicles. Designed to match the NVIDIA Jetson module form factor, Sprocket’s design includes 1x USB OTG, 1xMIPI CSI-2 Input, 2x 3.3V UART, 2x I2C, and 4x GPIO.

“Connect Tech’s extensive Jetson product line enables developers everywhere to quickly deploy Jetson-powered solutions to the field,” said Murali Gopalakrishna, head of Product Management, Intelligent Machines at NVIDIA.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact