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Nvidia AGX Xavier gets support from Japanese manufacturers

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Several Japanese companies have announced plans to use Nvidia's new Jetson AGX Xavier autonomous machine platform in their products.

Announcing the general availability of the Jetson AGX Xavier development kit, Nvidia founder and chief executive Jensen Huang revealed that Yamaha, Fanuc, Komatsu, Musashi Seimitsu and Kawada Technologies would adopt Jetson AGX Xavier in their next-generation autonomous machines.

According to Nvidia, Jetson AGX Xavier has the performance needed to handle the odometry, localisation, mapping, vision and perception, and path planning critical to next-generation robots.

Yamaha has big plans for vehicles and other devices based on Jetson AGX Xavier.

They include unmanned ground vehicles and drones for agricultural uses including spraying farmland, picking fruit, and transporting harvested crops and equipment; autonomous last-mile vehicles to transport people, from shoppers to the elderly, where taxis and buses are not readily available; and autonomous marine vehicles including deep-sea exploration robots and automated sailing boats.

"Yamaha Motor continuously strives to create inspiration for people and meet their expectations," said Yamaha Motors advanced technology centre and solution business operations chief general manager, Hiroaki Fujita.

"By standardising our autonomous machine development platform on Jetson AGX Xavier, Yamaha Motor will transform all of our products with more intelligence, to deliver excitement and the best experience for all users."

The other companies mentioned above plan to use Jetson AGX Xavier in factory automation (including optical inspection), construction and mining equipment, and other aspects of robotics.

"Japan is driving the world of robotics in numerous industries, from factory automation to construction to manufacturing," said Nvidia vice-president and general manager of autonomous machines, Deepu Talla,

"The country's most important companies in this space are adopting Jetson AGX Xavier to usher in a new era of robotics."

The Jetson AGX Xavier includes a 512-core Volta GPU with Tensor cores, alongside an 8-core ARM CPU. It boasts twenty times the performance of the Jetson TX2 while being ten times more energy efficient.

The development kit costs US$2499.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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