Unites DRIVE Thor AV and Cockpit on a single SoC

Next-generation autonomous vehicle computing improves performance and efficiency at the speed of light.

During the day Keyword for GTCUnveiled by NVIDIA Founder and CEO Jensen Huang Engine, a chip of epic proportions. The automotive-grade System on Chip (SoC) is built on the latest advances in the CPU and GPU to deliver up to 2,000 teraflops of performance while reducing overall system costs.

DRIVE Thor succeeded NVIDIA DRIVE Orin in the company’s product lineup, incorporating the latest computing technology to accelerate the deployment of smart vehicle technology into the industry, targeting automakers’ 2025 models.

DRIVE Thor is the next generation in the NVIDIA AI computation roadmap.

ZEEKR, the premium electric vehicle maker owned by Geely, will be the first customer for the next-generation platform, with production starting in 2025.

DRIVE Thor technology unifies functions traditionally distributed in vehicles – including the digital suite, infotainment system, parking and driving assistance – to increase efficiencies in development and faster program iteration.

Manufacturers can configure the DRIVE Thor super chip in several ways. They can allocate every 2,000 teraflops in the platform to the self-driving pipeline, or use one part for artificial intelligence inside the cabin and infotainment and another part for driver assistance.

Like the current generation NVIDIA DRIVE ORINDRIVE Thor uses the productivity of the NVIDIA DRIVE software development kit and is designed to be ASIL-D that is functionally secure, built on a scalable architecture, so developers can seamlessly transition their previous software development to the latest platform.

lightning fast

In addition to superior performance, DRIVE Thor provides an amazing leap in the accuracy of a deep neural network.

DRIVE Thor represents the first inclusion of a converter drive in the AV platform family. Transformer motor is a new component of NVIDIA GPU Tensor Core. Switch networks process video data as a single visualization frame, enabling the computing platform to process more data over time.

With 8-bit Floating Point Resolution (FP8), the SoC introduces a new data type for cars. Traditionally, AV developers see a loss of fidelity when moving from 32-bit integer data formats to 8-bit integer data formats. FP8 resolution facilitates this transition, allowing developers to transfer data types without sacrificing accuracy.

Additionally, DRIVE Thor uses updated ARM Poseidon AE cores, making it one of the highest performing processors in the industry.

multi-domain computing

DRIVE Thor is as effective as it is powerful.

The SoC is capable of multi-domain computing, which means it can split tasks for autonomous driving and in-vehicle notification. Multi-account domain isolation allows time-critical concurrent processes to run without interruption. On a single computer, the vehicle can run Linux, QNX, and Android simultaneously.

Typically, these types of jobs are controlled by dozens of electronic control units distributed throughout the vehicle. Instead of relying on these distributed electronic control units, manufacturers can now integrate vehicle functions using DRIVE Thor’s ability to isolate specific tasks.

With DRIVE Thor, automakers can combine smart car functions into one SoC.

All vehicle displays, sensors, and more can be connected to this single SoC, simplifying what used to be an incredibly complex supply chain for automakers.

Two is always better than one

If the Thor engine sounds amazing, try two.

Customers can use one Thor SoC, or they can connect two via the latest NVLink-C2C Chip interconnection technology to serve as a monolithic platform running a single operating system.

This capability provides automakers with computing space and flexibility to build software-defined vehicles that are constantly upgradeable with secure over-the-air updates.

Built with the best of NVIDIA GPU technology, DRIVE Thor is truly an AV SoC of heroic proportions.

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