Nvidia unveils chip for smarter and safer cars

Moving away from mainstream graphic GPUs and chips,Chipmaker Nvidia unveiled a new processor...

By: | Updated: March 21, 2016 12:39 PM

The processor will be featured in the newly announced NVIDIA DRIVE car computers.

The processor will be featured in the newly announced NVIDIA DRIVE car computers.

Moving away from mainstream graphic GPUs and chips,Chipmaker Nvidia on Sunday unveiled a new processor aimed at powering high-end graphics on car dashboards as well as sophisticated auto-pilot systems.

The chip,Tegra X1, is the firm's next-generation mobile super chip with over one teraflops of processing power that boasts of delivering capabilities that open the door to unprecedented graphics and sophisticated deep learning and computer vision applications. Tegra processors are built for embedded products, mobile devices, autonomous machines and automotive applications. Tegra X1 will begin appearing in the first half of the year.

The processor will be featured in the newly announced NVIDIA DRIVE car computers. DRIVE PX is an auto-pilot computing platform that can process video from up to 12 onboard cameras to run capabilities providing Surround-Vision, for a seamless 360-degree view around the car, and Auto-Valet, for true self-parking. DRIVE CX is a complete cockpit platform designed to power the advanced graphics required across the increasing number of screens used for digital clusters, infotainment, head-up displays, virtual mirrors and rear-seat entertainment.

“We see a future of autonomous cars, robots and drones that see and learn, with seeming intelligence that is hard to imagine,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO and co-founder, NVIDIA. “They will make possible safer driving, more secure cities and great conveniences for all of us.

Tegra X1 is built on the same NVIDIA Maxwell GPU architecture rolled out only months ago for the world’s top-performing gaming graphics card, the GeForce® GTX 980. The 256-core Tegra X1 provides twice the performance of its predecessor, the Tegra K1, which is based on the previous-generation Kepler™ architecture and debuted at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

"To achieve this dream, enormous advances in visual and parallel computing are required. The Tegra X1 mobile super chip, with its one teraflops of processing power, is a giant step into this revolution,” the chipmaker stated in a release.

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