Aquantia Corp. announced that its automotive networking portfolio is the 10Gbps Ethernet connectivity solution for the DRIVE Xavier and DRIVE Pegasus platforms for autonomous vehicles.
The high-performance NVIDIA AI computing platforms featuring Aquantia Multi-Gig networking will be available to automotive partners starting in the first quarter of 2018.
NVIDIA DRIVE AI car computers use deep learning to process data from multiple cameras, radar, LIDAR and other sensors throughout the vehicle.
To deliver Level 4 and Level 5 driving – which is categorized as a fully autonomous vehicle – hundreds of trillions of deep learning operations per second (TOPS) need to receive and process sensor data and immediately communicate critical decisions throughout the vehicle’s systems.
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For example, the DRIVE Xavier processor parses all the information to understand a full 360-degree perception around the vehicle, and determine the presence and movement of pedestrians, other vehicles and objects as it plans a safe path forward.
The Aquantia Ethernet products communicate the data and decisions back and forth throughout the system at 10Gbps over automotive Ethernet cables to help provide a seamless autonomous experience.
“The NVIDIA DRIVE platform uses redundant and diverse functions to achieve the highest level of safety, for which Multi-Gig connectivity is an absolute necessity,” said Faraj Aalaei, Chairman and CEO of Aquantia Corp.
“Aquantia was the first to drive the standards that introduced Multi-Gig connectivity into other markets, and we have maintained a leadership position while transitioning those markets to higher speeds. We are pleased to collaborate with NVIDIA to be the first to provide this crucial building block to the automotive industry to enable a safe self-driving experience.”
“Each autonomous vehicle is a moving, self-contained data center, powered by an energy-efficient AI supercomputer that you can hide in the trunk,” said Gary Hicok, senior vice president of hardware development at NVIDIA.
“To achieve a safe self-driving experience, we require secure, reliable, redundant Multi-Gig networks to move vast amounts of data.”
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