NVIDIA Updates Jetson Nano with Revised Carrier Board, Adds Second CSI Port for Stereo Vision

Updated B01 carrier board design also adds compatibility with the production Jetson Nano Module — but loses the serial/button header.

The button/serial header, rear left, has been removed in the new design. (📷: Gareth Halfacree)

NVIDIA has announced a refresh for its Jetson Nano Developer Kit, replacing the original carrier board with a new model featuring a second camera port, making it ready for stereo vision applications out-of-the-box, and support for the eMMC-equipped NVIDIA Jetson Nano Module.

Launched early last year as the maker-focused entry in NVIDIA's GPU-driven Jetson family of embedded and single-board computers, the NVIDIA Jetson Nano has proven popular for packing considerable compute performance into a small size and power envelope. The company's latest hardware refresh is likely to do much to boost its popularity still further: the Jetson Nano Developer Kit now supports twin cameras.

Bundling a slightly cut-down version of the Jetson Nano computer-on-module, the Jetson Nano Developer Kit includes both the COM itself and a carrier board. The changes announced by NVIDIA don't touch the COM; instead, the carrier board has been modified to include a second Camera Serial Interface (CSI) port — meaning it's now ready for stereo vision applications.

Another change made to the board adds compatibility for the Jetson Nano Module, a production-ready COM variant which replaces the Developer Kit's reliance on microSD storage with on-board eMMC; anyone with a Jetson Nano Developer Kit boasting a B01 or higher revision carrier board can now slot in the Jetson Nano Module, something that wasn't possible with earlier carrier board revisions.

Not all changes add functionality, however: NVIDIA has opted to remove a pin header which provided connectivity for a remote power switch and a serial port, which combined with the shifting of the original CSI port and the power select header makes room for the second CSI connector.

Pricing for the revised Jetson Nano Developer Kit remains unchanged at $99. Those interested in developing with the board, meanwhile, can register as a participant in our AI at the Edge Challenge for a shot at $100k in prizes — submissions are open until February 14th.

Gareth Halfacree
Freelance journalist, technical author, hacker, tinkerer, erstwhile sysadmin. For hire: freelance@halfacree.co.uk.
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