Trying Out The Jetson TK1, NVIDIA's High-End Tegra K1 Board

Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 30 April 2014 at 12:50 PM EDT. Page 3 of 3. 34 Comments.

Ports on the rear of the Tegra K1 Jetson board include a serial port, standard HDMI, one USB 3.0, 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet, audio jacks, and a USB micro-B recovery/host port. It would have been nice to have two USB 3.0 ports on the board, but alas there's not and a USB hub was working just fine with my initial testing.

The Jetson TK1 powered up very easily. With the 16GB of onboard storage, Ubuntu Linux is already pre-installed. The Tegra K1 board has an Ubuntu 14.04 LTS sample file-system and is running off a modified Linux 3.10 kernel with the TK1 support. The system identifies the NVIDIA Jetson TK1 board with a codename of Laguna.

By default, Ubuntu 14.04 boots to the console on this ARM development board. Stay tuned for my early tests of the Jetson TK1 to come out in the next few days with plenty of ARM Linux benchmarks via the Phoronix Test Suite and So far I'm liking this quad-core Cortex-A15 + Kepler GPU development board quite a bit with it retailing for under $200 USD.

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