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Headless carrier board for Jetson Orin NX

May 6, 2023 — by Giorgio Mendoza 686 views

The Hadron Carrier is an ultra small, rugged carrier board compatible with multiple NVIDIA Jetson modules. This new product from Connect Tech comes with one GbE connector, camera support and various expansion headers.

The top side of the board features a SODIMM 260-pin connector to accommodate NVIDIA modules such as the Jetson Orin NX, Orin Nano, Xavier NX, and TX2 NX modules.


Hadron Carrier block diagram
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Instead of an RJ45 port for ethernet, the carrier board features a 10-pin connector. Additionally, there is a M.2 E-Key slot for Wi-Fi/Bluetooth modules. 

Hadron Carrier top (left) and bottom view (right)
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The USB interfaces can be accessed through a 20-pin connector located on the bottom left of the board. The 40-pin connector provides access to interfaces as SPI, I2C, UART, 4x GPIOs with PWM capability etc.

Hadron Carrier pinout
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The manual indicates that “all Connect Tech NVIDIA Jetson based products are built upon a modified Linux for Tegra (L4T) Device Tree that is specific to each CTI product.” For more information, refer to the Downloads section located under the product page of the Hadron Carrier.

Specifications listed for the Hadron Carrier include:

  • Storage:
    • 1x 2242/2230 NVMe (M-Key)
  • Camera:
    • 1x 4-lane MIPI CSI-2 (via FPC connector)
  • Connectivity:
    • 1x Gigabit LAN port
    • 1x M.2 (E-Key)
  • USB:
    • 2x USB 3.1 (Gen 3)
    • 1x USB 2.0 (via pin headers)
  • I/O Interfaces:
    • 2x RS-232 Serial Ports
    • 4x GPIOs
    • 1x I2C, 1x SPI, 1x UART
  • Other Features:
    • 3x LED indicators
    • RTC Battery connector
    • 1x Fan connector
  • Operating Temperature:
    • -25°C to 85°C
  • Power:
    • +9V to +60V DC (+12V to +48V DC Nominal)
  • Mechanical:
    • 82.6mm x 58.8mm
    • 49g

Further information

The distributor WDL Systems is selling the Connect Tech Hadron Carrier board for $273.00.

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