Photon AI Camera Platform for NVIDIA® Jetson Nano™

  • 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
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 64.5mm (5.71″ x 2.53″)

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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 Nano 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 1) (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 2) (M.2 M-KEY)

Wireless Expansion

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

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 Nano

Package InfoBoard Support PackagesRelease NotesDate Last Updated
JetPack 4.6.2 – L4T r32.7.2Nano L4T r32.7.2 BSPNano L4T r32.7.2 Release Notes04-July-22
JetPack 4.6.1 – L4T r32.7.1Nano L4T r32.7.1 BSPNano L4T r32.7.1 Release Notes28-Apr-22
JetPack 4.6 – L4T r32.6.1Nano L4T r32.6.1 BSPNano L4T r32.6.1 Release Notes12-Nov-21
JetPack 4.5 – L4T r32.5Nano L4T r32.5 BSPNano L4T r32.5 Release Notes19-Feb-21
JetPack 4.4.1 – L4T r32.4.4Nano L4T r32.4.4 BSPNano L4T r32.4.4 Release Notes14-Jan-21
JetPack 4.4 – L4T r32.4.3Nano L4T r32.4.3 BSPNano L4T r32.4.3 Release Notes21-Oct-20
JetPack 4.4 * – L4T r32.4.2Nano L4T r32.4.2 BSPNano L4T r32.4.2 Release Notes05-Jun-20
JetPack 4.3 – L4T r32.3.1Nano L4T r32.3.1 BSPNano L4T r32.3.1 Release Notes29-May-20
JetPack 4.2.2 – L4T r32.2.1Nano L4T r32.2.1 BSPNano L4T r32.2.1 Release Notes09-Jan-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
XHG308 NVIDIA® Jetson Nano™ Passive Heat Sink
XHG309 NVIDIA® Jetson Nano™ Active Heat Sink
XHG310 NVIDIA® Jetson Nano™ Thermal Transfer Plate

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