Thursday, September 29th 2016

NVIDIA Announces Xavier, Volta-based Autonomous Transportation SoC

At its inaugural European edition of the Graphics Technology Conference (GTC), NVIDIA announced Xavier, an "AI supercomputer for the future of autonomous transportation." An evolution of its Drive PX2 board that leverages a pair of "Maxwell" GPUs with some custom logic and an ARM CPU, to provide cars with the compute power necessary to deep-learn the surroundings and self-drive, or assist-drive; Xavier is a refinement over Drive PX2 in that it merges three chips - two GPUs and one control logic into an SoC.

You'd think that NVIDIA refined its deep-learning tech enough to not need a pair of "Maxwell" SoCs, but Xavier is more than that. The 7 billion-transistor chip built on 16 nm FinFET process, offers more raw compute performance thanks to leveraging NVIDIA's next-generation "Volta" architecture, one more advanced than even its current "Pascal" architecture. The chip features a "Volta" GPU with 512 CUDA cores. The CVA makes up the vehicle I/O, while an image processor that's capable of 8K HDR video streams feeds the chip with visual inputs from various cameras around the vehicle. An 8-core ARM CPU performs general-purpose compute. NVIDIA hopes to get the first engineering samples of Xavier out to interested car-makers by Q4-2017.
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13 Comments on NVIDIA Announces Xavier, Volta-based Autonomous Transportation SoC

#1
ZoneDymo
Soon to be upgraded with the Cerebro add on
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#2
lorraine walsh
Really hope we'll see nvidia's GPUs in other SoCs when 4k smartphones hit next year - mali g72 won't be enough for 4k and VR.
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#3
Joss
AI supercomputer for the future of autonomous transportation
deep-learn the surroundings and self-drive
I dread the future.
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#4
GreiverBlade
ZoneDymo said:
Soon to be upgraded with the Cerebro add on
well for deep learning ... what would be Charles Xavier without Cerebro ...

Joss said:
I dread the future.
well at last they didn't name it Skynet ...

"begin take over.... 1...2....3...4..." etc etc etc ... we all know how it will end ...
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#5
nem..
Shield Tegra


NX Tegra
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#6
Fluffmeister
And there is the balance for the Grey Hawk hate ^
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#7
cyneater
Lets hope it doesn't have 4GB or ram well 3.6gb fast ram and 0.5GB slow ram :P
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#8
ixi
cyneater said:
Lets hope it doesn't have 4GB or ram well 3.6gb fast ram and 0.5GB slow ram :p
This my TPU friend, applause!
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#9
Steve1080
Perhaps $2,000 per chip as it is for automobiles?
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#10
Loosenut
GreiverBlade said:

well at last they didn't name it Skynet ...

"begin take over.... 1...2....3...4..." etc etc etc ... we all know how it will end ...
IMHO, the herd could use a little thinning...
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#11
Steevo
Loosenut said:
IMHO, the herd could use a little thinning...
Instead of stop and frisk, its stop and answer logic questions correctly or be made into mulch.
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#12
Prima.Vera
cyneater said:
Lets hope it doesn't have 4GB or ram well 3.6gb fast ram and 0.5GB slow ram :p
Slow ram will only kick in on traffic jams, or when the car engine is at idle.
See? Not only Apple can transform a bug into a feature! ;) ;)
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#13
lorraine walsh
Really hope we'll see nvidia's GPUs in other SoCs when 4k smartphones hit next year - mali g72 won't be enough for 4k and VR.
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