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Tesla Breaks Up With NVIDIA, Announces New Self-Driving Chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | Vehicles | Posted: Apr 23, 2019 4:04 am

Tesla's Full Self Driving Chip Detailed

 

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Tesla's new chip features dual neural network arrays that are capable of a huge 36 trillion operations per second, each, which is where the 21x faster than NVIDIA's offerings comes into play.

 

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The GPU on Tesla's new self-driving chip is clocked at 1GHz with 600 GFLOPs of performance.

 

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The main processor packs 12 x ARM A72 64b CPUs clocked at 2.2GHz.

 

 

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Security is important for a self-driving chip with Tesla's security system ensuring that the system "only runs code cryptographically signed by Tesla".

 

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Better yet, Tesla's new self-driving chip will cost the company just 80% of what it was paying NVIDIA for that massive 21x performance gain, and do it by drawing only a bit more power at 72W, versus NVIDIA's lower 57W.

 

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The company will be pumping out the new Full Self Driving Computer boards with two of the chips, which is used for redundancy. You don't want a full self-driving car relying on a single processor and then that processor fails, so the inclusion of a second processor is a pretty crazy thing for Tesla to offer.

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