Most users know NVIDIA as the company that helped them enjoy their video games via GeForce graphics card. However, the company is also deeply involved in many other emerging field within the computing including artificial intelligence (AI), and autonomous vehicles.
In order to help to push the boundaries within these two segments, the company has unveiled its latest AI computer which is codenamed Pegasus. Its main aim is to power fully autonomous vehicles with SAE J3016 rating of Level 5 which is the highest tier of driving automation as defined by SAE International.
Positioned under its Drive PX paltform, the new system is equipped with two Xavier AI processors alongside two more next-generation (right after Volta) GPUs. It also comes with controller area network, Flexray, and multiple 10Gbit Ethernet connectors.
With memory bandwidth that is more than 1TB per second, the system also features 16 high-speed sensor inputs for camera, radar, lidar, and ultrasonics. Capable of performing 320 trillion operations per second, the Drive PX Pegasus is generally ten times more powerful than Drive PX 2.
Since the field has yet to reach maturity, don’t expect to see Drive PX Pegasus-powered vehicles anytime soon. Nevertheless, NVIDIA automotive partners can expect to see the system to be available to them in 2018. We are definitely eager to see how Drive PX Pegasus will affect their work.