Nvidia's new Drive PX2 module for autonomous driving has 12 CPU cores ans 8 teraflops of compute power

8:45:00 AM Dick Wyn Yong 0 Comments

Nvidia is always known for their amazingly impressive engineering effort towards a more efficient computing package and this year at CES 2016 is no exception. Building upon the already powerful Nvidia Drive CX module announced last year, the new Drive PX2 module unveiled at CES 2016 will feature 2 Tegra SoCs which will be based off Nvidia's pascal architecture.

With the theoretical compute computer power of about 150 MacBook Pros, the new Drive PX2 modules has a computer power of over 8 teraflops and thus Nvidia is calling this the supercomputer for autonomous driving. But, the Drive PX2 is essentially just a dual GPU card and with two powerful SoCs, only then Nvidia managed to get a compute power even higher than their GTX Titan X graphics card.
But what does this all mean in terms of autonomous driving, not much can be said at the time being as there is yet to be proof of concept based on the Drive PX2. To get that starting, Nvidia will be partnering with Volvo to implement the new Drive PX2 modules in 100 XC90 SUVs so that the company can continue it's effort in advancing autonomous driving which is a pretty big thing in the car industry.

But as for the Drive PX2 itself, the module looks a lot like a dual graphics card setup and make no mistake, the Drive PX2 consume just as much power as a high end GPU from Nvidia. With a TDP of 250w, Nvidia is actually including an active liquid cooling setup to tame the 2 SoCs and the Drive PX2 will be connected to the car's radiator. In the end, all of data being collected by the Drive PX2 will be used to supply data to a deep learning network in order to improve autonomous driving.