NVIDIA is not only a well-known worldwide company specializing in the production of outstanding graphics cards, but also a high precision creation philosophy with a passion for advanced technology. It is a U.S. computer company, one of the world's largest manufacturers of GPUs and other integrated systems dedicated to the computer market. However, NVIDIA has decided to expand its product portfolio to include completely different products that meet the current needs of today's customers. The company recognized the potential of microcomputers and appreciated the commitment and passion of robotics, programmers and DIY enthusiasts. This is how the Jetson Nano microcomputer was developed, another fantastic alternative to the commonly known and used Raspberry Pi. Moreover, it can be complemented with numerous accessories and peripheral devices, which are dedicated to the iconic Raspberry Pi. These are compatible with NVIDIA minicomputers. Thus, you can quickly and effectively expand the capabilities of your device, completing an ambitious project.

NVIDIA – a breakthrough in computer graphics

Back in 1999, NVIDIA invented the GPO, which was a great start for its development in the gaming industry. It revolutionized modern computer graphics. This marked the beginning of a new era in computing technology. However, the company had been in business even before, as it was founded in 1993 by Jen-Hsun Huang, Chris Malachowsky and Curtis Priem. Its headquarters are located in California. It is currently a leading manufacturer of GPUs, but also of complete graphics cards.

In 2000, NVIDIA also acquired 3DFX, a market-leading computer graphics manufacturer. A year later, it offers its customers an integrated graphics solution with NFORCE. In 2003, another company came on board, this time it was Media Q. A few years later, the Tegra mobile processor is released. In 2010, NVIDIA Tesla GPUs are powering the world's fastest computer. In 2018, the Turing architecture is released, marking the beginning of a whole new chapter in the history of modern computer graphics. However, this is not the end of NVIDIA's achievements. Its portfolio also includes the high-performance Jetson Nano microcomputer, which runs on the ARM A57 quad-core CPU.

Jetson Nano mini-computers by NVIDIA

The Jetson Nano microcomputers by NVIDIA have a large surface area heatsink alongside a high-performance processor. This allows heat to be dissipated quickly to the outside, resulting in more efficient and faster operation, as well as longer device life and lower failure rate. The Jetson Nano features very good graphics, due to the 128-core NVIDIA Maxwell GPU. The board features 4GB of RAM and a 40-pin GPIO connector, enabling communication via I2C, I2S, SPI and UART interfaces. Furthermore, we can use the on-board USB 3.0 type A connector, which is designed to connect receivers with current consumption up to 2.5 A. This way we get as much as 5 times bigger result than it is in the case of the iconic Raspberry. You can connect your camera and screen to the Jetson Nano from NVIDIA, using HDMI and CSI connectors. To connect to the network, use the on-board Ethernet connector.

The GPIO connector in the Jetson Nano by NVIDIA provides great opportunities to extend the functionality of the microcomputer. You can connect peripherals, modules and add-ons that were developed for the Raspberry Pi. Use the microcomputer to create a control system for intelligent lighting, garage doors and sensor devices. Build your own weather station and control the weather outside. You can also create an advanced robot and IoT application.

We have everything you need to build control systems based on the NVIDIA Jetson Nano board. These are both ready-to-go modules as well as accessories such as touchscreens and cameras.