Optimizing Edge AI Computing with Energy-efficient Design and Scalability: NVIDIA Jetson Computers

What is Jetson? Key design uniqueness?  

NVIDIA Jetson modules are a family of embedded computing platforms designed to bring accelerated AI computing to edge devices. These modules are compact, energy-efficient, and equipped with powerful GPUs designed specifically for running AI and machine learning workloads. The Jetson platform is widely used in applications such as robotics, drones, autonomous vehicles, smart cameras, and various other edge devices. 

Why did NVIDIA develop Jetson and why Jetson is important? 

NVIDIA develops Jetson modules to address the increasing demand for edge computing solutions with AI capabilities. Here are key reasons why NVIDIA invests in the development of Jetson modules: 

  • Edge Computing Trend: With the proliferation of IoT (Internet of Things) devices and the trend toward edge computing, there's a growing need for embedded systems that can process data locally. Jetson modules offer the parallel computing ability to perform AI inference at the edge, enabling devices to make real-time decisions without having to rely on cloud-based processing. 
  • AI and Machine Learning Acceleration: With the advent of Deep Learning technology, AI and Machine Learning have started to play a significant role in today's society. Jetson modules are optimized for AI and ML workloads, featuring powerful GPUs on the module with CUDA cores designed to accelerate neural network computations. This enables edge devices to perform complex tasks like image recognition, natural language processing, and object detection efficiently. 
  • Compact and Energy-Efficient Design: Customers were previously searching for Edge AI computing solutions from Intel. The X86 industrial computers with Intel processors and NVIDIA GPUs were powerful enough for AI computing. However, these industrial computers were limited in terms of compactness and power efficiency, often requiring fans and large space in machines for GPU and having high power consumption. As a result, their applications were limited in harsh industrial environments. Jetson has since emerged as a more suitable solution. Jetson modules are designed to solve these problems, with a compact size and energy-efficient performance, they are suitable for deployment in devices with space and power constraints. The power consumption of Jetson modules is highly less than that of NVIDIA GPUs, with a maximum of 60W in Jetson AGX Orin compared to regular GPUs with a minimum of 50W TDP, making Jetson modules suitable in a fanless design system for thermal management. With a rugged chassis and fanless design, NVIDIA Jetson modules are deployment-ready for harsh environments. 
  • Developer-Friendly Ecosystem: NVIDIA has invested heavily in the technology behind its GPUs since its inception. They have focused on groundbreaking technologies such as CUDA, Deep Learning Super Sampling, and Ray Tracing. NVIDIA provides a comprehensive software development kit (SDK) and libraries for Jetson modules, along with support for popular AI frameworks. This ecosystem is developer-friendly and makes it easier for software developers to create and optimize AI applications for Jetson-powered devices.

Understanding Jetson Modules 

Key Design Uniqueness: 

Each NVIDIA Jetson is a complete System on Module (SOM) that includes GPU, CPU, memory, power management, high-speed interfaces, and more. They’re available in a wide range of performance, power efficiency, and form factors so they can be used by customers across all industries (Source: NVIDIA).

Jetson Module Lineup:

Jetson AGX Orin Module 

    Jetson AGX Orin modules deliver up to 275 TOPS of AI performance with power configurable between 15W and 60W. This is the flagship model within the Jetson Orin lineup, offering the highest performance and capabilities. It is designed for demanding AI applications in areas such as autonomous vehicles, robotics, industrial automation, and smart cities. The AGX Orin Module provides powerful processing capabilities suitable for applications that require real-time AI inference, sensor fusion, and high-performance computing. 

    Jetson Orin NX Module 

      Jetson Orin NX modules deliver up to 100 TOPS of AI performance in the smallest Jetson form factor, with power configurable between 10W and 25W. Positioned as a mid-range option, the Orin NX model offers a balance between performance, power efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. It is suitable for a wide range of AI edge computing applications, including smart cameras, drones, intelligent appliances, and embedded AI systems. The Orin NX module provides significant processing power while being more compact and cost-effective compared to the AGX module. 

      Jetson Orin Nano Module 

        Jetson Orin Nano series modules deliver up to 40 TOPS of AI performance in the smallest Jetson form factor, with power options between 7W and 15W. The Orin Nano is the entry-level model within the Jetson Orin lineup, targeting applications where lower power consumption and cost are prioritized while still requiring AI processing capabilities. It is suitable for edge AI devices, IoT (Internet of Things) devices, and other embedded systems where space, power, and cost limitations are critical factors. 

        Premio’s NVIDIA Jetson Product Offerings


        JCO-6000-ORN is Premio’s flagship High-performance Edge AI Industrial Computer delivering up to 275 TOPS of AI performance for real-time AI compute at the rugged edge. It is specifically designed for demanding AI applications such as autonomous vehicles, robotics, industrial automation, and video surveillance.

        Key Features: 

        1. Scalable and Modular EDGEBoost I/Os 
          2. Various, Flexible I/O Supportability 
          With EDGEBoost I/O, JCO-6000-ORN can support:
          • Up to 8 x USB 3 dedicated bandwidth ports
          • Up to 5 x 10 GbE Ethernet ports
          • Up to 9 x 1 GbE Ethernet ports
          • Up to 4 x PoE+/ 12 x PoE+ 
          • 2 x Serial ports 
          • 1 x HDMI with 4K support 

          3. 8x Mini-Fakra connectors for GMSL Cameras

          4. Optional Out-of-band (OOB) Module


          JCO-3000-ORN is Premio's Mid-Range Edge AI Industrial Computer delivering up to 100 TOPS of AI performance for a wide range of AI applications at the Rugged Edge. Leveraging both the NVIDIA Jetson Orin NX and Orin Nano modules, it provides substantial AI performance with efficient power consumption.  

          • The Orin NX, offering up to 100 TOPS of AI performance with power configurations between 10W and 25W, is tailored for demanding edge applications. 
          • The Orin Nano provides up to 40 TOPS and is designed for efficiency, with power options from 7W to 15W, making it ideal for smaller-scale, yet still AI-intensive applications. 

          Key Features: 

          1. Support balanced, fixed I/Os, including 8-bit/ 16-bit isolated DIO
          2. Optional Out-of-band (OOB) support 
          3. Can support 4x PoE+ though 4x RJ45

          JCO-1000-ORN (Coming Soon at Q3, 2024) 

          JCO-1000-ONN is an Entry-level Edge AI Computer delivering up to 40 TOPS of AI performance for IIoT and Edge AI applications at the rugged edge.  

          Key Features: 

          1. Ultra-compact form factor 
          2. Rugged, fanless design
          3. Balanced I/Os 
          4. Low power consumption 

          Where to Deploy Jetson?

          Intelligent Transportation 

          • Autonomous Vehicles: Jetson modules can power autonomous vehicles by providing the necessary processing power for real-time perception, decision-making, and control. 
          • Traffic Management Systems: Jetson Orin uses AI algorithms to analyze traffic, optimize flow, and detect accidents in real-time. It's especially useful for railway object detection, which can significantly reduce accident risks. By analyzing road conditions promptly, it can make quick decisions to mitigate risks. 
          • Fleet Management: In logistics and transportation companies, it can help optimize routes, monitor vehicle health, and enhance driver safety through NVIDIA Jetson Orin-powered analytics. 

          Industrial Automation 

          • Quality Control: Jetson Orin can be integrated into industrial robots or smart cameras to perform real-time quality control and inspection tasks. Its powerful AI capabilities enable the identification of defects, anomalies, or irregularities in manufacturing processes, ensuring product quality and reducing waste. 
          • Predictive Maintenance: Jetson Orin can analyze sensor data in real-time, which lets it predict equipment failures before they occur. This feature helps schedule proactive maintenance that minimizes downtime and maximizes production efficiency. For instance, it can monitor vibrations, temperature, and other relevant indicators to detect signs of wear or potential malfunctions in machinery. 
          • AMR and AGV: Jetson Orin can power AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle), AMR (Autonomous Mobile Robot), and drones used in various industrial tasks, such as material transportation, inventory management, and facility monitoring. Its AI capabilities enable these robots to navigate complex environments, identify objects, and make intelligent decisions in real time, increasing productivity and safety in industrial settings. 

          Security & Surveillance 

          • Anomaly Detection: Jetson Orin-powered sensors and cameras detect security breaches in real-time, enabling swift responses to potential threats. 
          • Automated Alerts: Jetson Orin generates instant alerts upon detecting anomalies, ensuring rapid notification of security personnel or law enforcement agencies. 
          • Centralized Monitoring: Jetson Orin integrates with command centers for centralized monitoring, providing real-time situational awareness and facilitating coordinated responses to security incidents. 


          • Weather Prediction: Jetson Orin can be used to process weather data to predict severe weather events like wildfire and assess the impact of climate change, facilitating early warnings and adaptation strategies. 
          • Air and Water Quality Monitoring: Jetson Orin modules analyze sensor data to monitor pollution levels in real time, providing health alerts and early detection of pollution incidents. 
          • Search and Rescue Mission: Drones equipped with Jetson Orin modules operate in dangerous areas like fire zones, aiding search and rescue missions with real-time data processing and analysis, enhancing response efficiency and safety. 


          • Crop Monitoring: Jetson Orin can analyze data from drones, satellites, and sensors deployed in fields to monitor crop health, detect diseases, assess growth patterns, and even predict crop yields. 
          • Autonomous Farming Equipment: Jetson Orin powers autonomous farming equipment such as tractors, harvesters, and robotic arms, enabling precise and efficient farm operations. By integrating with GPS and sensors, Jetson Orin enables precise planting, fertilization, and harvesting operations, maximizing yield and minimizing resource usage.