NVIDIA reveals its next-gen chipset for autonomous vehicles

NVIDIA isn’t just about gaming graphics cards. The company had other innovations up its sleeve, including in the field of autonomous vehicles. During the GTC keynote, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang announced a system-on-chip (SoC) called Drive Thor. NVIDIA says it designed the chip using the latest advances in graphics and processing to offer 2,000 teraflops of performance while keeping costs low.

NVIDIA says Drive Thor can unify all the different functions of vehicles — including infotainment, the digital dashboard, sensors, parking, and autonomous operation — for greater efficiency. Vehicles with the chipset can run Linux, QNX and Android simultaneously. Given the massive computing power required for autonomous vehicle operation, automakers can even use two of the Drive Thor chipsets in tandem using NVLink C2C chip interconnect technology to run a single operating system.

Additionally, NVIDIA claims the SoC represents a significant leap forward in “deep neural network accuracy.” The chipset features a Transformer engine, a new addition to the NVIDIA GPU Tensor Core. “Transformer networks process video data as a single perceptual frame, which allows the computing platform to process more data over time,” says NVIDIA. It noted that the SoC can increase the inference performance of Transformer Deep Neural Networks by up to 9x, “which is paramount to support the massive and complex AI workloads associated with self-driving.”

The SoC follows and replaces Drive Atlan. It will be used in vehicles that will go into production from 2025. The first customer that NVIDIA has in mind is the EV brand, which is already using Orin chipsets for Level 3 automation. Meanwhile, NVIDIA has signed two more Drive Orin partners: Automaker and QCraft.

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