Launching NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano and Orin NX edge embedded systems from Aetina

Launching NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano and Orin NX edge embedded systems from Aetina

At CES 2023, Aetina announced a selection of embedded devices powered by NVIDIA Jetson Orin NX and Orin Nano. Their focus will be on the AIE-KO21/31 and AIE-KN31/41, two edge devices made for general purposes and beginner-friendly AI processing on the periphery. With mass production set to begin in Q4 2022 and Q1 2023, respectively, NVIDIA released the NVIDIA Jetson Orin NX SO-DIMM modules in March 2022 and the cheaper pin-compatible Jetson Orin Nano modules in September. Seeed Studio’s reComputer J4012 was the first NVIDIA Jetson Orin NX edge AI computer, but it turns out that Aetina also launched Jetson Orin NX/Orin Nano industrial embedded computers around the same time.

There are a lot of details on the Aetina AIE-KO21, AIE-KO31, AIE-KN31, and AIE-KN41. System-on-module in AIE-KO21 is NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano 4 GB with up to 20 TOPS of AI performance; in AIE-KO31, it’s NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano 8 GB with up to 40 TOPS of AI performance; in AIE-KN31, it’s NVIDIA Jetson Orin NX 8 GB with up to 70 TOPS of AI performance; and in AIE-KN41, it’s NVIDIA Jetson Or It contains a single HDMI display Type-A port and an NVMe PCIe SSD with around 128 GB of storage space. Line-out/Line-in/Mic is used for audio (optional with Daughter Board). Two external antennas and a Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 connection are supplied for wired networking.

WiFi and Bluetooth can be added through an M.2 module (See Extension). A USB Type-C (OTG) port and two USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A ports are also included. Both the RS232 and CAN Bus serial ports have DB9 connectors, and the expansion port is isolated. In addition to the D-Sub connector with 5x GPIO, 1x I2C, 1x UART, and 1x UART for debug only (UART3), there is also a 1x M.2 E-Key 2230 (PCIe/USB2) socket for wireless connectivity and a 1x M.2 M-Key (NVMe) 2242 socket for storage. Optional functions such as a power, recovery, and reset switch are included. 12 V to 24 V DC is supplied through a 2-pin terminal block, and the usable operating temperature range is -25 °C to +70 °C, with a storage temperature range of -25°C to +85°C. The temperature is 40 degrees Celsius with a non-condensing relative humidity of 95%. Class A CE/FCC and IEC 62368 approval has been granted.

Wall mounting is possible with this enclosure, and a DIN rail mounting kit is available from Aetina if needed. It appears that the four variants of this embedded system are all the same, with only the NVIDIA Jetson Orin NX and Orin Nano modules changing their appearance. Not only does the business claim that its AIE platforms enable its EdgeEye platform for real-time remote monitoring of edge devices, but they also leave no doubt that the embedded computer will run Ubuntu 20.04-based NVIDIA JetPack.

According to Aetina, Jetson Orin NX-based systems will be made accessible in February 2023, while Jetson Orin Nano-embedded computers will follow in March. Additional information, including specifications, is available on the product website, and the press release also discusses larger Jetson Orin Nano and Orin NX systems with an additional M.2 B-Key for expanding LTE/5G functionality.

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About Rakesh Kumar, Ph.D.

Rakesh Kumar holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Power Electronics. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Class of 2021 and a member of the IEEE Power Electronics Society. At Electronics-Lab, he likes to write short NEWS articles on embedded systems. He also writes high-quality long-content technical articles on Power Electronics for several B2B and B2C platforms such as EEPower, JAK Electronics, and Kynix Semiconductors. Feel free to reach out to him anytime!

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