NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano: Configurations and pricing confirmed ahead of January 2023 release
NVIDIA has quietly revealed new Jetson Orin Nano system-on-modules (SOM), slipping the announcement out alongside the launch of the RTX 4090, RTX 4080 12 GB, RTX 4080 16 GB and the RTX 6000 workstation GPU. Supposedly 80x faster than the original Jetson Nano that arrived in 2019, the Jetson Orin Nano will be available in two variants at different price points.
On the one hand, there is the Jetson Orin Nano 4GB, which has a 512-core Ampere architecture GPU with 16 Tensor cores and a peak 625 MHz clock speed. Additionally, the SOM utilises 20 Sparse TOPs, 10 Dense TOPs and 4 GB of LPDDR5 RAM running on a 64-bit bus with a 34 GB/s memory bandwidth. Incidentally, the 4 GB model operates at between 5 W and 10 W, compared to the 7 W to 15 W that its 8 GB sibling consumes.
On the other hand, the Jetson Orin Nano 8GB has not only double the RAM, but also a 128-bit memory bus with a 68 GB/s bandwidth. Also, the 8 GB model has double the GPU capabilities and AI performance, albeit with the same 625 MHz GPU clock speed. Conversely, both models feature identical CPUs, which contain six ARM Cortex-A78AE cores running at 1.5 GHz with 1.5 MB L2 and 4 MB L3 caches.
NVIDIA adds that both SOMs measure 69.6 x 45 mm, thereby conforming to the 260-pin SO-DIMM connector standard. Separately, both units will be capable of encoding video at 1080p/30 FPS or decoding at 4K/60 FPS. Moreover, NVIDIA promises that the Jetson Orin Nano series will offer three USB 3.2 Gen2 connections running at 10 Gbps, another three USB 2.0 connections, plus Gigabit Ethernet networking and PCIe Gen3 support. Reportedly, both should be available in January 2023, with prices currently set at US$199 for the 4 GB model and US$299 for the 8 GB edition.