Imagination Debuts Series4 Neural Accelerator To Challenge NVIDIA DRIVE In Autonomous Cars
The company claims that the Series4 can deliver up to 600 tera-operations per second (TOPS) with “low bandwidth and exceptionally low latency for large neural network workloads.” Breaking it down, the company claims it can hit 12.5 TOPS per core with a sub 1-watt power envelope. Imagination can bundle these cores in two, four, six, or eight-core clusters and expand from there by bundling the clusters. Overall, Imagination states that the Series4 NNA “achieves performance that is over 20x faster than an embedded GPU and 1000x faster than an embedded CPU for AI inference.”
If all this information is just mumbo-jumbo to you, the IMG Series4 is simply a whole new level of performance for advanced driver-assistance systems and self-driving capabilities. Andrew Grant, senior director for AI at Imagination Technologies, states that Imagination “believe[s] the Series4 NNA to be the industry-standard platform for the development of advanced driver assistance and self-driving cars.” The future of autonomous cars is bright, and Imagination Technologies is looking to take the wheel.
Imagination has stiff competition in this space, as NVIDIA has already staked a pretty large claim with its DRIVE family of AI hardware that is used in a wide range of automobiles for both in-vehicle infotainment and self-driving duties.