Nvidia Adds ‘Parker’ CPU to ‘Brain of Autonomous Vehicles’

Nvidia’s autonomous vehicle strategy took a step forward this week with the announcement of a new mobile CPU, called “Parker,” offered to automakers as a single unit or integrated into the company’s DRIVE PX 2 platform, announced at CES earlier this year. Along with two Parker chips, DRIVE PX 2 will include two Pascal GPUs and, taken together, will deliver 24 trillion operations per second to run complex deep learning-based inference algorithms, according to Nvidia. Parker was announced at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, CA, with product details released in a blog post by Danny Shapiro, Nvidia’s senior director of automotive. Leaving aside the vehicles themselves, the market for the technology that drives autonomous cars and trucks could exceed $40 billion by 2025, according to Boston Consulting Group. Nvidia…


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