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NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang took the stage at GTC Europe, in Munich, to announce many things. One thing he announced is the newest member of the DRIVE PX family.

DRIVE PX is NVIDIA’s automotive computational platform, and the newest member is DRIVE PX Pegasus.

From NVIDIA’s website:

“NVIDIA DRIVE PX Pegasus is powered by four high-performance AI processors. It couples two of NVIDIA’s newest Xavier system-on-a-chip processors — featuring an embedded GPU based on the NVIDIA Volta architecture — with two next-generation discrete GPUs with hardware created for accelerating deep learning and computer vision algorithms. The system will provide the enormous computational capability for fully autonomous vehicles in a computer the size of a license plate, drastically reducing energy consumption and cost.

Pegasus is designed for ASIL D certification — the industry’s highest safety level — with automotive inputs/outputs, including CAN (controller area network), Flexray, 16 dedicated high-speed sensor inputs for camera, radar, lidar and ultrasonics, plus multiple 10Gbit Ethernet connectors. Its combined memory bandwidth exceeds 1 terabyte per second.”

The Voltas have a reputation for being blazing fast, so it’s exciting to see them make their way onto automotive hardware.

In other hardware news, Velodyne is increasing their lidar production capacity by 4x. This is all driven by autonomous vehicle demand.

In practical terms, this means it is now possible to purchase a Velodyne lidar and get it more or less immediately. When we ordered our Velodyne HDL-32E in the spring, we had to wait several months to get our unit.

Small steps toward a much better world.

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