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Nvidia introduces new platform for self-driving cars and robots

19 December 2019
The Orin processor that is the basis for the Nvidia platform for robotics and self-driving cars. Source: Nvidia

Nvidia Corp. has introduced a new software-defined platform for autonomous vehicles and robots called Drive AGX Orin.

The platform is powered by a new system-on-chip (SoC) called Orin that consists of 17 billion transistors that integrates a GPU architecture and ARM Hercules CPU cores as well as new deep learning and computer vision accelerators. The SoC delivers 200 trillion operations per second or nearly seven times the performance of Nvidia’s Xavier SoC.

Nvidia said the large number of applications and deep neural networks that run simultaneously in autonomous vehicles and robots. The software-defined platform is developed to enable architecturally compatible platforms that scale from a Level 2 to full self-driving Level 5 vehicle. This will allow OEMs to develop large-scale and complex families of software products.

“Creating a safe autonomous vehicle is perhaps society’s greatest computing challenge,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “The amount of investment required to deliver autonomous vehicles has grown exponentially, and the complexity of the task requires a scalable, programmable, software-defined AI platform like Orin.”

Nvidia plans on rolling out a range of configurations targeting automakers in 2022 production timelines.

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