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Embedded PC runs Ubuntu on Tegra TX1

Nov 8, 2016 — by Eric Brown 3,193 views

Connect Tech’s “Rudi” mini-PC runs Ubuntu on an Nvidia Jetson TX1 COM with 4GB LPDDR4, eMMC and mSATA, 5x USB, 2x GbE, mini-PCIe, and -20 to 80°C support.

Like many recent embedded computers. Connect Tech’s 135 x 105 x 50mm Rudi Embedded System fudges the line between mini-PC and a full-fledged industrial PC. Aimed at “deployable computer vision and deep learning applications,” the system ships with a Linux For Tegra R24.2 distribution based on 64-bit Ubuntu 16.04 pre-installed on 16GB of eMMC. Like Connect Tech’s Rosie embedded computer, the Rudi runs Nvidia’s quad-core, 64-bit Tegra TX1 SoC on Nvidia’s Jetson TX1 computer-on-module.

Rudi, front (left) and back
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Connect Tech does not say if the Rudi runs on the same 87 x 57mm Astro carrier board that forms the foundation of the Rosie, or the even smaller Oribtty and Elroy Jetson TX1 carriers. However, based on the block diagram it appears to be a larger carrier.


Although the Rudi supports an extended, -20 to 80°C range, it’s not nearly as rugged as the larger, AC battery looking Rosie. The latter offers industrial temperature support plus IP67/68, MIL-STD 810g, and DO-160G protections. In September, Connect Tech announced an ITA 65 compliant 3U VPX SBC that runs on a TX1 COM called the GraphiteVPX/CPU-TX1.


The 87 x 50mm Jetson TX1 module is equipped with 4GB LPDDR4, 16GB eMMC flash, and WiFi-ac and Bluetooth. There’s also a GbE controller and a 400-pin expansion connector. Inside is a powerful Nvidia Tegra X1 system-on-chip. The Tegra X1 combines four Cortex-A57 “big” and four Cortex-A53 “little” CPU cores with 256 Maxwell GPU cores supported by Nvidia’s CUDA 7.0 libraries for high-end graphics processing, parallel processing, and deep computer learning. The Tegra X1 can generate 1 teraflop of performance, drive 4K 60Hz video decode and 4K 30Hz encode, and handle six camera inputs at up to 1400 megapixels per second, says Nvidia.

Nvidia Jetson TX1 and its companion heatsink
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Along with the Jetson TX1 module’s 4GB LPDDR4 and 16GB eMMC, there’s a full-sized SD slot, and the Rudi can be bought with an optional, up to 1TB SSD for its mSATA connector. The system offers dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, an HDMI 1.4b port, two USB 3.0 ports, and a micro-USB OTG port, all lined up along the front panel.

Rudi block diagram
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Around back, you get two USB 2.0 ports, a SIM slot, a CAN 2.0b port, and an I/O port, which appears to be the listed mini-PCIe slot. The mini-PCIe slot supports optional modules including 3G/HD-SDI video capture, analog video capture, cellular, GPS, and additional Ethernet, ADC, DAC, GPIO, and RS-232/485 ports. Other I/O listed for the Rdui includes 4-bit GPIO, I2C, and dual 3-wire UART connections designed for RS-232.

The 0.70 kilogram box has a 12V DC input with optional industrial terminal block. Other options include DIN Rail, VESA, and surface edge bracket mounting. Antennas are provided for the onboard 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0.

Further information

The Rudi Embedded System has been “released,” but there’s no price listed. More information may be found on Connect Tech’s Rudi product page. The Rudi is on display at Electronica this week from Nov. 8-11, at Booth A6-313 in Munich, Germany.

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One response to “Embedded PC runs Ubuntu on Tegra TX1”

  1. anonymous says:

    Out of all the ARM chips, only Nvidia is able to compete with Intel on being used a space heater during the winter

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