NVIDIA (NVDA): Deep Dive On Autonomous Vehicle SoC - Needham

August 24, 2016 8:58 AM EDT
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Needham & Company analyst, Rajvindra Gill, provided a deep dive analysis on NVIDIA's (NASDAQ: NVDA) new Parker SoC (system on-chip) for Autonomous Vehicles.

The Parker SoC will be the driving force behind NVIDIA’s Drive PX 2 platform, which combines two Parker chips with two Pascal GPUs to manage all the data required for a fully autonomous car. Currently used in Volvo’s Drive Me autonomous vehicle program, the Drive PX 2 is a deep learning computing engine developed to not only recognize objects in real time, but also to anticipate potential threats and compare real time data with recorded high-definition maps. This platform synthesizes the multiple streams of information required for a fully autonomous Level 5 vehicle: sensor fusion, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, HD mapping and algorithmic programming.

Parker is a scalable architecture that automakers can use a single unit for highly efficient systems or they can integrate it into more complex designs, such as NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2, which employs two Parker chips along with two discrete Pascal GPU cores. The Parker SoC utilizes two Denver 2.0 64-bit cores and four ARM Cortex A57 64-bit cores paired with 128-bit LPDDr4 memory with ECC and a 256-core Pascal GPU on a 16nm FinFet node process. This configuration is capable of 24 trillion deep learning operations per second. Parker’s multi-core CPU performance is 50-100% higher than other mobile processors, and NVIDIA states that Parker is customizable to host multiple systems, including infotainment and digital instrument clusters, as well as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

The analyst maintained his Hold rating on the shares and does not have a published price target.

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Shares of NVIDIA closed at $62.91 yesterday.

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