Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Nvidia high performance mobile computer announced at CES

Nvidia is known for their graphic processors. They announced the Tegra X1 at CES last week. It's the first of its kind, mobile, one teraflop computer (that’s a trillion floating point mathematical operations per second) at the center of their automotive control strategy. This new 8 core CPU with a 256 core GPU will be used in their Drive CX “Digital Cockpit Computer.” They’re releasing it along with “Drive Studio” as a complete off-the-shelf digital automotive cockpit solution. They’ve also announced the Drive PX “auto-pilot car computer.” – for parking and navigation and “ADAS” (Advanced Driver Assistance System”.
These devices are being used for neural network vision learning systems – something that video computers are uniquely suited for.
I suspect that other applications will be able to take advantage of this high-powered computer as it becomes available. Here's a link to one of the Nvidia sessions at CES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsVsUvx8ieo 
One of the touted advantages of self driving cars is safety – computer drivers can be much more aware of their surrounding than human drivers, they never get tired, they always obey the rules and consequently perform better and more safely over time.
At some point, self driving tow-motors and forklifts will be used in plants to increase performance and safety. It’s just a matter of time.

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