Photon AI Camera Platform for NVIDIA® Jetson Xavier™ NX

  • Compatible with Jetson Nano, TX2 NX, and Xavier NX modules
  • PoE PD (NGX002) capable, power via separate input or over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af-2003 and IEEE 802.3at2009 compatible)
  • 1 x GbE, 1x NVMe (M.2 M-Key), 1 microSD, 4x GPIO, I2C, USB Console/UART, USB OTG for programming
  • DC barrel power input also available

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The Photon carrier board is a Jetson™ AI Camera Platform specifically designed to support smart camera applications. This carrier provides PoE PD Gigabit Ethernet uplink for data and power and has various I/O connectors positioned for easy packaging into off the shelf camera housings. Powered by the Jetson Xavier NX module, Photon empowers fast deployment of vision-enabled AI applications requiring multiple camera streams within a compact footprint. Since Photon is compatible with the Jetson Nano, TX2 NX, and Xavier NX modules, users can seamlessly transition between the three SoM options should their AI processing requirements change.

For applications that don’t require PoE PD ask for our lower cost Non-PoE PD options.

While Photon is compatible with NVIDIA Jetson Nano, TX2 NX, and Xavier NX SoMs, some I/O availability will change across modules. View the Photon Compatibility Specifications for a full breakdown.

NOTE: Do not use the 19V power supply from the Jetson Xavier™ NX Dev Kit with the Photon.

Integrations with external storage and WiFi/Bluetooth via Intel are also available, contact [email protected] for more details.



145mm x 64.5mm (5.71" x 2.53")

Front IO (Camera End) USB

1x USB 3.1 (Gen 2) (Connector: USB Type-C)

Front IO (Camera End) MIPI Camera Inputs

2x 2-lane MIPI CSI-2
• 15-pin FPC 1mm Pitch Connector
• Same MIPI connector used on Nano Dev Kit

Front IO (Camera End) Camera MISC Interface

1x I2C (Can be used for Lens Control)
4x GPIO (Can be used for Additional Camera Control)
1x Power Output (Can be used for IR LEDs)

Internal IO Display Output

1x HDMI (Type-A Vertical)

Internal IO Fan

1x 4-pin PWM Fan Connector

Rear IO – Ethernet

1x 1000BASE-T Uplink
PoE IEEE 802.3af-2003 (15.4W) PD
PoE+ IEEE 802.3at-2009 (25.5W) PD
Capable of operating on either network
Lower-cost PoE Bypass Option Available


1x USB 2.0 OTG for Flashing Capability (Micro USB)


• Console Debug

Rear IO – Power Input

1x 2mm DC Barrel Jack
+12V DC +/-5%

Rear IO - User Feedback

I2C controlled


1x SD Card Slot
1x NVMe PCIe x4 (Gen 3) (M.2 M-KEY) *

* Either NVMe OR WiFi module can be used. They cannot be used at the same time.

Wireless Expansion

1x WiFi Module (M.2 2230 E-Key) (PCIe and USB)*
1x LTE Module (M.2 3042 B-Key) w/ SIM Card Slot

* Either NVMe OR WiFi module can be used. They cannot be used at the same time.

Operating Temperature

-25°C to +85°C (-13°F to +185°F)


76g (2.68oz)

Warranty and Support

1 Year Warranty and Free Support


Jetson Xavier NX

Package InfoBoard Support PackageRelease NotesDate Last Updated
JetPack 5.1.1 – L4T r35.3.1NX L4T r35.3.1 BSPNX L4T r35.3.1 Release Notes22-July-23
JetPack 5.1.0 – L4T r35.2.1NX L4T r35.2.1 BSPNX L4T r35.2.1 Release Notes06-Apr-22
JetPack 5.0.2 – L4T r35.1.0NX L4T r35.1.0 BSPNX L4T r35.1.0 Release Notes11-Nov-22
JetPack 4.6.3 – L4T r32.7.3NX L4T r32.7.3 BSPNX L4T r32.7.3 Release Notes29-Mar-23
JetPack 4.6.2 – L4T r32.7.2NX L4T r32.7.2 BSPNX L4T r32.7.2 Release Notes22-June-22
JetPack 4.6.1 – L4T r32.7.1NX L4T r32.7.1 BSPNX L4T r32.7.1 Release Notes04-May-22
JetPack 4.6 – L4T r32.6.1NX L4T r32.6.1 BSPNX L4T r32.6.1 Release Notes04-Mar-22
JetPack 4.5 – L4T r32.5NX L4T r32.5 BSPNX L4T r32.5 Release Notes17-June-21
JetPack 4.4.1 – L4T r32.4.4NX L4T r32.4.4 BSPNX L4T r32.4.4 Release Notes11-Jan-21
JetPack 4.4 – L4T r32.4.3 NX L4T r32.4.3 BSPNX L4T r32.4.3 Release Notes02-Nov-20
JetPack 4.4 * – L4T r32.4.2NX L4T r32.4.2 BSPNX L4T r32.4.2 Release Notes29-Jun-20
*Developer Preview


Without PoE, customers will require a power source with a barrel jack for their carrier. With PoE, customers have the option of powering the carrier using a barrel jack or Power over Ethernet. This is ideal for installations that have restrictive or limited power source options.

Beyond PoE, Photon can also be purchased with integrated WiFi/Bluetooth, Cellular, and or NVMe. The below table outlines the modules installed for the requested features:

FeatureModule SizeManufacturer
Cellular ModuleM.2 3042Quectel
WiFi / BTM.2 2230Intel
NVMeM.2 2280Samsung

Ordering Information

Main Products
Part Number Description
NGX002 Photon Jetson™ AI Camera Platform
NGX003 Photon Jetson™ AI Camera Platform – No PoE
Part Number Description
XHG311 NVIDIA® Jetson Xavier™ NX Passive Heat Sink
XHG312 NVIDIA® Jetson Xavier™ NX Active Heat Sink
XHG313 NVIDIA® Jetson Xavier™ NX Thermal Transfer Plate

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