NVIDIA launches the $59 Jetson Nano 2GB development board as a direct bid for the Raspberry Pi.

Last year NVIDIA released the $99 Jetson Nano, their lowest-priced ARM SBC board to date, focusing on reasoning, robotics and other GPU acceleration tasks in small, low-power form factors. Jetson Nano’s $99 price is already much cheaper than many other Jetson boards of the past few years, and today they’re launching a $59 model.

NVIDIA launches the $59 Jetson Nano 2GB development board as a direct bid for the Raspberry Pi.

NVIDIA launches the $59 Jetson Nano 2GB development board as a direct bid for the Raspberry Pi.

The Jetson Nano 2GB costs $59, similar to the $99 motherboard, but has only 2GB of system memory instead of 4GB. This pricing allows it to compete more directly with the higher-end Raspberry Pi models, with more powerful Tegra GPU and NVIDIA extensive GPU optimization software solutions.

The Jetson Nano 2GB will be available later this month, and with the model still in the mail shortly after its release, media reviews and benchmarks won’t come until the next few days/weeks.

Jetson Nano 2GB is a good choice for developers who want an ARM SBC that’s less demanding but wants more affordable performance, and the $59 Jetson Has four Cortex-A57 cores with a main frequency of 1.43GHz and 2GB LPDDR4 memory , microSD storage, 128-core Maxwell GPU, with NVENC/NVDEC and CUDA functions, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI output, and 3 USB 3.0 interfaces, pcB size is still 100 x 80 x 29 mm.

NVIDIA launches the $59 Jetson Nano 2GB development board as a direct bid for the Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi’s competing Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, priced at $55, comes with 4GB of memory, dual micro HDMI interface, 2 USB 3.0 plus 2 USB 2.0 interfaces, Gigabit Ethernet, Broadcom BCM2711 SoC with 4 Cortex-A72 cores, 1.5GHz frequency, and Video VICore graphics processor. ARM Core on raspberry Pi 4 should perform better, but the Jetson Nano 2GB has a more powerful GPU and software stack and has been well supported by the industry, so the upcoming benchmark comparison will be interesting.

Jetson Nano 2GB with NVIDIA Linux 4 Tegra runs Ubuntu 18.04 LTS by default. Asked about plans to move L4T to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, NVIDIA said it was likely to consider the issue in 2021.

Jetson Nano 2GB is now available for pre-order on NVIDIA.com.