Xavier: Nvidia’s Powerful SoC For Self-Driving Cars Is Now Up And Running #CES2018

Nvidia Xavier Pegasus Self Driving
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Nvidia has released their new AI-powered system-on-chip for self-driving cars at CES 2018. First announced at last year’s CES, it is known by the name Xavier.

Flaunting the intricate architecture of the chip, Nvidia says it houses 9 billion transistors. Xavier SoC features an octa-core custom CPU, a 512-core Volta GPU, 8K HDR video processors, and new deep learning and computer vision accelerators.

Nvidia says Xavier only consumes 30 watts of power to perform 30 trillion, providing 15 times energy efficiency than its predecessors. All of this performance means more capable self-driving cars, battery consumption at the same time.

An updated version of the Nvidia Drive software would run on the SoC. Nvidia has now added two more components to their DRIVE stack. The DRIVE IX SDK will use the car’s sensors to enable digital assistant for driver and passengers. DRIVE AR is an SDK to introduce augmented reality-based interfaces for issuing alerts and providing information during the drive.

Two Xavier SoCs and two next-gen Nvidia GPUs are used for the new Pegasus AI computing platform announced late last year which Nvidia says is capable of powering Level 5 autonomous vehicles. Nvidia plans to release the first version of the Pegasus platform in the coming months which would deliver around 320 trillion operations per second.

Find our complete CES 2018 coverage here.

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya likes to cover topics related to Microsoft, Windows 10, Apple Watch, and interesting gadgets. But when he is not working, you can find him binge-watching random videos on YouTube (after he has wasted an hour on Netflix trying to find a good show). Reach out at [email protected]
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