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The Superchip Offers 2,000 Teraflops of Computing Power




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NVIDIA revealed a slew of new products in its GTC keynote today, including a series of major announcements related to the company’s AI ambitions. One of these major developments now aims to bring autonomous mobility a giant step closer to a reality.


For intelligence, NVIDIA has now revealed its latest iteration of its Autonomous Vehicle (AV) system (SoC), dubbed DRIVE Thor. As the successor to the Orin chip, the super NVIDIA DRIVE Thor chip will deliver 2,000 teraflops of computing power — capable of processing 254 trillion operations per second — and unify diverse functions, including digital suite, infotainment, parking and driving assistance. Moreover, the initial computing power of the Thor chip can be split between autonomous driving, an AI system, and an in-cabin infotainment system, at the discretion of the automakers.

Furthermore, NVIDIA has integrated the Hopper Transformer Engine within the Thor Engine, enabling ultra-high resolution for a deep neural network. As a refresher, switch networks process video data as a single visualization frame, allowing the computing platform to process more data over time.

In other news, NVIDIA has now imbued DRIVE Sim with AI functionality that allows its neural reconstruction engine to turn recorded video into a simulation.

Finally, NVIDIA also revealed DRIVE Concierge, a customized in-cabin infotainment system for each passenger.


In related developments, Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer ZEEKR will be the first customer of the NVIDIA Thor super chip. Meanwhile, the company’s current-generation SoC Orin also continues to attract new customers, with XPeng and QCraft announcing their intention to deploy the SoC on their new models.

At the time of writing, NVIDIA shares are down just over 1 percent as the market awaits the latest interest rate decision by the Federal Reserve. Year-to-date, the stock is now down about 56 percent.

You can see the relevant section from NVIDIA’s Keynote title in the YouTube video above.


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