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NVIDIA announces Drive Atlan, an SoC for cars that delivers over 1,000 TOPs

By Kenny Yeo - on 18 Apr 2021, 9:50am

NVIDIA announces Drive Atlan, an SoC for cars that delivers over 1,000 TOPs

Note: This article was first published on 13 Apr 2021.

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NVIDIA has just announced its next-generation Drive processor for cars. Called Atlan, NVIDIA claims it can deliver over 1,000 trillion operations per second.

That sounds like a lot, and it is. To put this number into perspective, NVIDIA's current generation SoC for cars, Orin, is capable of delivering "just"  254 trillion operations per second.

NVIDIA didn't reveal specifics, but we know that Atlan is based on NVIDIA's next-generation CPU and GPU architecture.

It will also be NVIDIA's first SoC to come with NVIDIA's BlueField data processing unit (DPU) for trusted security, advanced networking, and storage services.

More crucially, Atlan will allow automakers to make use of more sophisticated sensors that generate more data and more complex AI models that require more data-crunching performance.

While all this sounds exciting, it's going to take a while more before we see Atlan appearing in cars. According to NVIDIA, Atlan will start sampling in 2023 and should appear in 2025 production cars.

Source: NVIDIA

Here are more stories from NVIDIA's Digital GTC 2021 event:-

1) NVIDIA joins the ARMs race with their first data centre CPU called Grace

2) NVIDIA's pro-grade GPUs adopt Ampere architecture for massive performance leaps

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