Nvidia unveils superchip Tegra X1 for automobile application

6 Jan

Leading graphics processing units (GPU) manufacturer Nvidia on Jan. 4 unveiled its latest mobile processor, Tegra X1, ahead of the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The chip can be used in automobiles through Nvidia’s Drive CX system, which has a Neural Network for object recognition on the road.

Barron’s and Android Authority reported Jan. 4 that according to Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, Drive CS can turn a car into a supercomputer. The system can process images at up to 16.6MP of display resolution, or around two 4K displays, which is a huge jump from the current 1MP display for cars.

Huang said the Tegra X1 has 256 GPU processing cores, eight CPU cores, and can perform 1 trillion floating point operations, which could be compared to the supercomputers in 2000. Tegra X1 can learn to identify objects on the road using the Neural Network feature to prevent accidents. Huang said research showed that neural network learning GPU chips can recognize objects better than humans. Tegra X1 is reportedly able to monitor 12 cameras concurrently. Nvidia’s new car system supports the current major OS, such as Linux, QNX and Android.

Nvidia has been dedicated to tapping its Tegra mobile processors into the automobile industry. Honda announced Oct. 1 last year to introduce Honda Connect, an information-entertainment system powered by Tegra. Honda was the 19th automobile company to use Nvidia processors and also the first Asian automobile brand to use Nvidia chips for is in-vehicle audio and infotainment system.

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