NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit

NVIDIA has released a few different IoT boards. The NVIDIA Jetson Nano is the latest board they’ve released. The board is available as a Developer Kit that contains all the inputs and connections necessary to use it for prototyping IoT solutions.

Here are some of the key compute features of the NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit:

  • CPU – Quad-core ARM Cortex-A57 MPCore processor
  • GPU – NVIDIA Maxwell w/ 128 NVIDIA CUDA cores
  • Memory – 4 GB 64-bit LPDDR4
  • Display – HDMI and DisplayPort output
  • USB – 4x USB 3 ports
  • I/O – I2C, SPI, UART, and Raspberry Pi compatible GPIO header

The NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit provides a full compute solution (with integrated GPU) that can be used to prototype IoT solutions. The NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit is extensible through a really great selection of ports and interfaces, in addition to the CPU / GPU compute hardware fo the Jetson Nano compute module.

Raspberry Pi 4 vs NVIDIA Jetson Nano Specs Compared

As you can see from the above list of initial specs of both board, there certainly are some simularities. Let’s take a look at comparing the specifications of both the Raspberry Pi 4 and NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit.

Here are the specifications of both boards side-by-side:

Raspberry Pi 4NVIDIA Jetson Nano
CPUQuad-core ARM Cortex-A72 64-bit @ 1.5 GhzQuad-Core ARM Cortex-A57 64-bit @ 1.42 Ghz
GPUBroadcom VideoCore VI (32-bit)NVIDIA Maxwell w/ 128 CUDA cores @ 921 Mhz
Memory4 GB LPDDR4**4 GB LPDDR4
NetworkingGigabit Ethernet / Wifi 802.11acGigabit Ethernet / M.2 Key E (for Wifi support)
Display2x micro-HDMI (up to 4Kp60)HDMI 2.0 and eDP 1.4
USB2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.04x USB 3.0, USB 2.0 Micro-B
Other40-pin GPIO40-pin GPIO
Video EncodeH264(1080p30)H.264/H.265 (4Kp30)
Video DecodeH.265(4Kp60), H.264(1080p60)H.264/H.265 (4Kp60, 2x 4Kp30)
CameraMIPI CSI portMIPI CSI port
Price$55 USD$99 USD

** The Raspberry Pi 4 comes in multiple options including 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB or 8GB RAM.

As you can see, the primary features of the Raspberry Pi 4 and the NVIDIA Jetson Nano are extremely similar. Keep in mind there are a few differences not listed, as this is not a full list of each of the boards features. However, most of the features are the same or similar, with the exception of one.

Both are full single board computers built with ARM processors and 4 GB of RAM, plus a bunch of connectivity for peripherals. The Raspberry Pi 4 is also available in an option with 8GB of memory. The biggest difference in computes and graphics capabilities between these two boards are with the NVIDIA Jetson Nano including a higher performant, more capable GPU (graphics processor), while the Raspberry Pi 4 has a low power integrated multimedia GPU. Although, the price of the NVIDIA Jetson Nano is higher, so there is certainly a price to pay for access to the higher performance Maxwell GPU.

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