Nvidia may have subscribed the development of chips for smartphones and tablets, since it’s been almost two years since the launch of its latest processor, but still seems to have plans to grow the family catching it up right where we left it. During the GTC (GPU Technology Conference) Europe 2016, held in Amsterdam yesterday, the Santa Clara company revealed its new generation of SoC for vehicles to autonomous driving.
The next chip code-named Xavier and – according to the statement from Nvidia – should be able to handle 20 billion operations per second while consuming about 20 watts. They were not shown or benchmark demo of the new SoC, but just a quick overview of its main features.
Unlike previous Tegra SoC, widely used in ultra-mobile devices (and not) even with brand as Nvidia Shield Tablet, Shield Console and Android TV, the new Xavier processor was specifically designed for car cruising range which currently represent a sector technology growing thanks to the interest of giants like Google and Apple. As such, therefore, Xavier is a very powerful chip, designed to process large amounts of data in order to manage a moving car. It is unlikely to be developed a version for smartphones and tablets, not currently.
During the event, Nvidia pointed out that Xavier has eight custom ARM64 core (Denver?) And a graphics processor with 512 cores based architecture Volta next-gen, a new accelerator for Computer Vision and two video processors to handle video 8K. And thanks to the production process to 16nm FinFET with 7 billion transistors, it is made, it will be far more efficient than its predecessor in the automotive field, Nvidia Drive PX2. The car manufacturers and research institutes are eligible to receive the first samples of the SoC Xavier in the fourth quarter of 2017, then in over a year.