Nvidia Announce New Computer To Drive Autonomous Car Future
Nvidia Corp. has built a powerful new computer that the
chipmaker says can turn semi-autonomous cars into fully driverless vehicles.
The new mini-computer, code-named Pegasus, is 10 times more
powerful than its predecessor, making it capable of handling more than 320
trillion operations per second, Chief Executive Officer Jen Hsun Huang is
scheduled to say at a company conference in Germany Tuesday.
That computing muscle is needed to quickly process information
on cars' surroundings and turn that into safe driving instructions and actions.
That's especially true of Level 5 vehicles that don't require human drivers,
steering wheels, pedals or mirrors.
The Santa Clara, California-based company will offer the new
product in the second half of 2018, it said. One potential application is
delivery vehicles. Nvidia said it's helping Deutsche Post AG and its subsidiary
DHL automate their fleet of electric delivery vehicles. Trials will begin next
year, and eventually driverless trucks may follow human-controlled vehicles
drivers around as they drop off parcels.
Nvidia has learned from 225 partners, including Yandex NV,
Zoox and NuTonomy, that are using its computing systems to bring autonomous
capabilities to vehicles. The trunks of their current self-driving cars
resemble small data centers stuffed with racks of personal computers. That's
too expensive, bulky and uses too much power for mass-production vehicles,
Nvidia said. Its new Pegasus systems are a better fit, the company added.
Nvidia initially expects trials of taxi and delivery
vehicles on private land such as corporate campuses.
AngelTech Live III: Join us on 12 April 2021!
AngelTech Live III will be broadcast on 12 April 2021, 10am BST, rebroadcast on 14 April (10am CTT) and 16 April (10am PST)
and will feature online
versions of the market-leading physical events: CS International
and PIC International
PLUS a brand new Silicon Semiconductor International
Thanks to the great diversity of the semiconductor industry, we are always chasing new markets and developing a range of exciting technologies.
2021 is no different. Over the last few months interest in deep-UV LEDs has rocketed, due to its capability to disinfect and sanitise areas and combat Covid-19. We shall consider a roadmap for this device, along with technologies for boosting its output.
We shall also look at microLEDs, a display with many wonderful attributes, identifying processes for handling the mass transfer of tiny emitters that hold the key to commercialisation of this technology.
We shall also discuss electrification of transportation, underpinned by wide bandgap power electronics and supported by blue lasers that are ideal for processing copper.
Additional areas we will cover include the development of GaN ICs, to improve the reach of power electronics; the great strides that have been made with gallium oxide; and a look at new materials, such as cubic GaN and AlScN.
Having attracted 1500 delegates over the last 2 online summits, the 3rd event promises to be even bigger and better – with 3 interactive sessions over 1 day and will once again prove to be a key event across the semiconductor and photonic integrated circuits calendar.
So make sure you sign up today and discover the latest cutting edge developments across the compound semiconductor and integrated photonics value chain.
REGISTER FOR FREE