Isaac and the Jetson Xavier are Nvidia’s newest products. They are a new developer platform and AI computer, both of them designed to power autonomous robots.
Jensen Huang, Nvidia’s CEO said that “AI, in combination with sensors and actuators, will be the brain of a new generation of autonomous machines.”
The Isaac is a bundle of software tools that would help companies better train their robots. The set holds a collection of APIs that connect to 3D cameras and sensors, a library of AI accelerators that serve to keep algorithms running without lag, as well as a simulation environment -Isaac Sim – designed to train and test the robots in a virtual environment.
On the other hand, the Jetson Xavier computer is a hardware composed from a number of processing components. Among them, the Volta Tenson Core GPU, an eight core ARM64 CPU, two NVDLA deep learning accelerators as well as static image and video processors.
It holds more than 9 billion transistors, delivering over 30 trillion operations per second. It also consumes about 30 watts of power, which is less than what a lightbulb requires.
Now, the cost of the Jetson Xavier, which includes access to the Isaac as well, is of $1,299, which is honestly not a lot, when you think about everything that can be achieved with it.