LAS VEGAS -- Nvidia's latest processor, Xavier, is ready to hit the road.
At a press conference at CES on Sunday, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said the chipmaker's first autonomous machine processors are ready for sampling within the next three months. The development marks the transition of massive processing capability from research to production vehicles, and will enable Nvidia to diversify its software offerings within the car.
Nvidia introduced the Xavier processor in September 2016, announcing that with the capability of processing 30 tera-operations per second, the hardware would serve as the "supercomputer" for autonomous driving. Since then, the chipmaker has grown its number of automotive partners to more than 320, and introduced Pegasus, its Level 5 self-driving platform -- which needs no human supervision, powered by two Xavier processors.
"This was the largest engineering effort for any single project at Nvidia," said Danny Shapiro, the company's head of automotive, on a call with reporters last week. "We had 2,000 engineers working on it and an investment of $2 billion in research and development."