New AI Chip Created To Power Software In Autonomous Machines


The new chip has the capability to simultaneously handle large applications and deep neural networks in autonomous vehicles and robots

NVIDIA Orin system-on-a-chip

NVIDIA, the developer of innovative computing solutions for emerging technologies, has introduced the NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Orin, an advanced software-defined platform that is powered by a new system-on-chip (SoC) called Orin.

After years of R&D, chip designers successfully integrated NVIDIA’s GPU architecture and Arm Hercules CPU cores to develop Orin, which has 17 billion transistors as well as deep learning and computer vision accelerators for doing computation at a speed of 200 trillion operations per second (nearly 7x the performance of NVIDIA’s Xavier SoC).

Simultaneous computation


DRIVE AGX Orin can simultaneously handle a large number of applications and deep neural networks in autonomous vehicles and robots while achieving safety standards such as ISO 26262 ASIL-D. DRIVE AGX Orin also enables architecturally compatible platforms from Level 2 to full self-driving Level 5 vehicles, thus allowing 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.”

Expansive product families

Since both Orin and Xavier are programmable through open CUDA and TensorRT APIs and libraries, developers can now work across multiple product generations.

“NVIDIA’s long-term commitment to the transportation industry, along with its innovative end-to-end platform and tools, has resulted in a vast ecosystem — virtually every company working on AVs is utilizing NVIDIA in its compute stack,” said Sam Abuelsamid, principal research analyst at Navigant Research. “Orin looks to be a significant step forward that should help enable the next great chapter in this ever improving technology story.”

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The NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Orin will be including a range of configurations based on a single architecture for automakers by 2022.



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