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Msg  40013 of 40036  at  9/20/2022 6:39:57 PM  by

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Nvidia Wants to Be the Brains of Your Self-Driving Car

Stephen Shankland, CNET
Sept. 20, 2022 2:04 p.m. PT

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/nvidia-wants-to-be-the-brains-of-your-self-driving-car/?ftag=CAD-04-10aac3a

What's happening
Tesla revealed a new processor called Thor designed for cars arriving in 2025 that need a lot more computer horsepower than they've got today.

Why it matters
Thor could help carmakers sweep away a host of smaller processors handling everything from door locks, braking, navigation, entertainment and engine control with one centralized computer system that's easier to update.

Chip designer Nvidia on Tuesday revealed a new processor called Drive Thor it expects will power the autonomous vehicle revolution.

Thor processors should arrive in 2024 for cars hitting the roads in 2025, starting with Chinese carmaker Zeekr's 001 EV, said Danny Shapiro, vice president of Nvidia's automotive work. They're based on Nvidia's new Hopper graphics processing unit to better handle the artificial intelligence software that's key to self-driving cars.

"It absolutely will scale up to full autonomy," Shapiro said, referring to Level 4 or Level 5 self-driving abilities, in which cars can pilot themselves without human occupants paying attention or even present.

Nvidia had planned a chip called Atlan for 2024 but canceled it in favor of Thor, which handles AI software at 2 quadrillion operations per second twice the speed planned for Atlan and eight times that of its current Orin processor. Thor incorporates one key Hopper feature: the ability to accelerate a powerful AI technique called transformers. Nvidia also expects lower-end Thor variations for the less revolutionary driver-assist technologies like lane keeping and automatic emergency braking.

The automotive processor market is big and getting bigger as carmakers demand more and more processors and other semiconductor chips for driver assistance, infotainment, and the electronic control units that oversee everything from engine combustion to GPS navigation. Each Porsche Taycan has 8,000 semiconductor elements...."


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