Nvidia’s Tegra Processor To Be Used In Drones
According to a recent announcement by quadcopters consumer drone making company, DJI, Nvidia seems to be making its mark in the drone world as well after GPUs and SOCs. The company’s latest drone, Matrice 100, will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 processor which is typically used in mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
The Tegra K1 features four 2.3GHz ARM Cortex-A15 cores and Nvidia’s very own Kepler based GPU with 192 CUDA cores. K1 is also capable of handling resolutions upto 4K and supports a maximum memory of 8GB. The processing chip will be embedded in DJI’s Manifold, a $499 computer onboard the Matrice 100 which itself costs above $3000.
So what spurred Nvidia and DJI to make this partnership? While DJI’s plans for the drone seem to advanced image processing through the drone’s computer, Nvidia might consider this just a stepping stone to their ultimate rise and entry in the Game of Drone’s competition where Quadcopters duke it out in battles.
The competition will be tough though since Nvidia will have to deal with not only the current lead of the competition, video processor developer Ambarella, but also Intel and Qualcomm.
Given the price tag of both the computer and the drone itself, it is highly unlikely they will be available in market, or atleast not for the common folk and might only be aimed at developers in small quantities.