Nvidia Unveils Parker SoC Powered By 256-core Pascal GPU
Nvidia has finally unveiled its new Parker SoC during the Hot Chips Symposium in Cupertino, California. Parker SoC is designed as a next-gen mobile processor, mainly to power up “next generation of autonomous vehicles” which means it will be playing a huge role in deep learning research as well as the upcoming self-driving AI cockpit systems.
So what makes Parker SoC so special for AI based platforms? Well perhaps the biggest feature it has is the massive power it packs in the form of a 256-core Pascal GPU, Nvidia’s latest graphics processor line up which offers both fast, fluid graphics for multiple car displays and fast deep learning processing power.
When it comes to CPU, Parker uses a complex of two next-generation 64-bit Denver CPU cores paired with four 64-bit ARM Cortex A57 CPUs. Both these CPUs work together in a coherent heterogeneous multi-processor configuration in order to deliver 50 to 100 percent better multi-core CPU performance than other mobile processors in the market.
For a mobile processor, Parker packs quite a punch with the combination of Pascal GPU and Denver CPU enabling it to deliver up to 1.5 teraflops of power.
Another interesting feature of the Parker SoC is the Safety Engine it has built in which constantly monitors for faults and errors, including when the Parker is decoding and encoding video streams up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. It will use H.265 encoder for all video related purposes to ensure great quality at decent size.
The SoC also features 128-bit LPDDR4 RAM and is built using the latest 16nm FinFet processing which ensures great scalability that can be used with efficient systems like Nvidia’s Drive PX2.
The hardware-enabled virtualization support is another cherry on top which provides automakers support for up to eight virtual machines for in-car systems for simultaneous functionality on multiple systems in a car.