Nvidia Parker — system-on-chip for a new generation of automotive segment

Nvidia has finally unveiled a single-chip system of the new generation, which became the basis for car 2 Drive PX supercomputer, announced in January.

So, the new SoC is called Parker. Now there is no Tegra, which looks a bit strange. Apparently, Nvidia decided to abandon the well-known brand, simply because the consumer market novelty is not focused, but automotive all the same, because there are other selection criteria.

Parker characterized the performance of 1.5 TFLOPS. In solution configuration includes two processor cores, Denver 2 private development of Nvidia’s four Cortex-A57 and generation Pascal GPU with 256 CUDA cores. Two processor cluster connected by a special interface that allows you to call processor system on a chip heterogeneous multi-processor coherent. Performance in real applications, if Parker can be tested in them, certainly would be impressed. Nvidia also gives the following graph.

System-on-chip supports LPDDR4 memory. The bandwidth of your system memory has doubled and reached 50 GB/s. Parker Also supports up to 12 cameras, which once again indicates a major new market — automotive. Of course, the asset and the ability to encode and decode 4K video at 60 fps.

Parker supports hardware virtualization with the possibility of simultaneous operation of eight virtual machines. This will allow automotive manufacturers to use one system Drive PX 2 to handle various tasks, including multimedia system, driver assistance system and so on.

Nvidia has not indicated the working frequency and TDP, but that doesn’t matter, given the positioning. Producing Parker will be using the TSMC 16-nanometer process technology.

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