Nvidia developed a new chip that controls self-driving cars. It’s called the Xavier system. It’s a system-on-chip processor that’s powerful enough to be called a supercomputer. It was revealed at the GPU Technology Conference in Amsterdam. Here’s the specs:
- Volta GPU architecture
- 8-core CPU architecture
- New computer vision accelerator
- 20 trillion operations per second
- 20 watts of power consumption
- ISO 26262 compliant
Xavier may replace processors that are currently used in cars (DRIVE PX 2) at a fraction of the power. It will be available to automakers by the end of 2017.
At the conference, Nvidia announced a partnership with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence and Switzerland’s Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence.
This is the latest car-related venture Nvidia has undertaken. At CES 2017, this chip company announced a partnership with Mercedes-Benz. These two companies are working on a AI-powered self-driving car. Mercedes expects to have a car ready for the road within 12 months. The car would be a culmination of research in deep learning and artificial intelligence between the two companies.
Nvidia is also working with Audi of America. Their 10-year partnership resulted in an increase in sales of Audi vehicles by more than 3-fold. Nvidia also has deals with HERE and ZENRIN, which are mapping companies. Nvidia partnered with ZF and Bosch as well; these are automotive suppliers.