NVIDIA Isaac Launches Isaac Platform
June 4, 2018
Isaac is a new platform to power the next generation of autonomous
machines, bringing artificial intelligence capabilities to robots for
manufacturing, logistics, agriculture, construction and many other
Launched at Computex 2018 by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang, NVIDIA
Isaac includes new hardware, software and a virtual-world robot
“AI is the most powerful technology force of our time,” said Huang. “Its
first phase will enable new levels of software automation that boost
productivity in many industries. Next, AI, in combination with sensors
and actuators, will be the brain of a new generation of autonomous
machines. Someday, there will be billions of intelligent machines in
manufacturing, home delivery, warehouse logistics and much more.”
At the heart of NVIDIA Isaac is Jetson™ Xavier™, the world’s first
computer designed specifically for robotics. With more than 9 billion
transistors, it delivers over 30 TOPS (trillion operations per second) —
more processing capability than a powerful workstation while using a
third the energy of a lightbulb.
Jetson Xavier has six kinds of high-performance processors — a Volta
Tensor Core GPU, an eight-core ARM64 CPU, dual NVDLA deep learning
accelerators, an image processor, a vision processor and a video
processor. These enable dozens of algorithms to be processed
concurrently and in real time for sensor processing, odometry,
localization and mapping, vision and perception, and path planning. This
level of performance is essential for a robot to take input from
sensors, locate itself, perceive its environment, recognize and predict
motion of nearby objects, reason about what action to perform and
articulate itself safely.
Isaac Robotics Software
NVIDIA provides a toolbox for the simulation, training, verification
and deployment of Jetson Xavier. This robotics software consists of:
SDK – a collection of APIs and tools to develop robotics algorithm
software and runtime framework with fully accelerated libraries.
Isaac IMX – Isaac Intelligent Machine Acceleration applications, a
collection of NVIDIA-developed robotics algorithm software.
Isaac Sim – a highly realistic virtual simulation environment for
developers to train autonomous machines and perform hardware-in-the-loop
testing with Jetson Xavier.
Changing What’s Possible for Variety of Industries
With this level of AI computing power at the edge, autonomous machines
can perceive the world around them with superhuman capabilities,
detecting and recognizing their surroundings from sensors of all kinds.
Manufacturing robots can work safely alongside humans and adapt to
changes. Logistics robots can efficiently move and manage inventory and
deliver products to homes. Service robots can improve the retail
experience and assist the sick and elderly.
The NVIDIA Jetson Xavier developer kit, which includes the Isaac
robotics software, will be priced at $1,299, with early access starting
in August from distributors worldwide.