NVIDIA may be best known as a leader in computer graphics for enthusiasts and professionals, but the company is quickly branching out into other lucrative industries like GPU-based deep learning. NVIDIA is also becoming increasingly entangled in the world of self-driving cars with its DRIVE PX platforms.
With that in mind, NVIDIA has just announced that it is teaming up with Bosch to develop a new computing platform for self-driving cars. The AI computer will leverage NVIDIA’s upcoming Xavier SoC, and for now is being called DRIVE PX Xavier (although it is likely that it will be marketed as Drive PX 3).
Xavier is capable of 20 DL TOPS (Deep Learning Tera-Ops) while operating within a TDP of just 20 watts. Built using a 16nm FinFET process, Xavier incorporates the upcoming Volta-based GPU architecture complete with 512 CUDA cores. It can also encode and decode 8K video (7680x4320).
"Using DRIVE PX AI car computer, Bosch will build automotive-grade systems for the mass production of autonomous cars. Together we will realize a future where autonomous vehicles make mobility safe and accessible to all,” said NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang.
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang
"Automated driving makes roads safer, and artificial intelligence is the key to making that happen," added Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner. "We are making the car smart."
The NVIDIA-Bosch partnership should also provide to be a potent counter to Intel, which just announced that it is acquiring Mobileye for $15 billion. Mobileye currently has cornered roughly 70 percent of the market for advanced driver assistance systems.