Nvidia Provides More Details About Parker Automotive SoC with ARMv8 Cores, Pascal GPU

Nvidia demonstrated DRIVE PX2 platform for self-driving cars at CES 2016, but did not give many details about the SoC used in the board. Today, the company has finally provided more information about Parker hexa-core SoC combining two Denver 2 cores, and four Cortex A57 cores combining with a 256-core Pascal GPU.

Nvidia_Parker_Block_DiagramNvidia Parker SoC specifications:

  • CPU – 2x Denver 2 ARMv8 cores, and 4x ARM Cortex A57 cores with 2MB + 2 MB L2 cache, coherent HMP architecture (meaning all 6 cores can work at the same time)
  • GPUs – Nvidia Pascal Geforce GPU with 256 CUDA cores supporting DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, Nvidia CUDA 8.0, OpenGL ES 3.1, AEP, and Vulkan + 2D graphics engine
  • Memory – 128-bit LPDDR4 with ECC
  • Display – Triple display pipeline, each at up to 4K 60fps.
  • VPU – 4K60 H.265 and VP9 hardware video decoder and encoder
  • Others:
    • Gigabit Ethernet MAC
    • Dual-CAN (controller area network)
    • Audio engine
    • Security & safety engines including a dual-lockstep processor for reliable fault detection and processing
    • Image processor
  • ISO 26262 functional safety standard for electrical and electronic (E/E) systems compliance
  • Process – 16nm FinFet
PX Drive 2 Board with two Parker SoCs
PX Drive 2 Board with two Parker SoCs

Parker is said to deliver up to 1.5 teraflops (native FP16 processing) of performance for “deep learning-based self-driving AI cockpit systems”.

This type of board and processor is normally only available to car and part manufacturer, and the company claims than 80 carmakers, tier 1 suppliers and university research centers are now using DRIVE PX 2 systems to develop autonomous vehicles. That means the platform should find its way into cars, trucks and buses soon, including in some 100 Volvo XC90 SUVs part of an autonomous-car pilot program in Sweden slated to start next year.

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Someone from the other side
Someone from the other side
5 years ago

Using A57 in this seems downright bizarre…

blu
blu
5 years ago

Big.SUPER.. Clearly the super cores do something worse than the big cores. If it was power efficiency alone, A53 would’ve been the easy choice.

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
5 years ago

I have a tegra 4 powered tablet the Advent tegra Note and one thing about Nvidia is they know how to make their design fast and powerful. One thing I notice, is that’s a powerful GPU for in car use, are you really going to have a 4K high def large screen in the car?, I think not. Game playing maybe? Or is the GPU usable some how in general computing, car control, mapping surroundings? I have no idea what they intend. However the BBC Click technology show recently featured a Chinese self drive car programme, in which it was… Read more »

m][sko
5 years ago

@Theguyuk
This kind of system are for expensive cars
So it must looks good in next 4-5 years

Jibril
Jibril
5 years ago

@Theguyuk
the GPU power is need into new cockpits by Audi, Lamborghini, Tesla and so on
https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2016/04/25/virtual-cockpit/

theguyuk
theguyuk
5 years ago

@Jibril
The Tegra 3 mentioned in the artical is what powerd OUYA consoles. The OLD RK3066 SOC has higher scores in 3DMARK. It is old tech finding use in smart appliances. I suggest.

kcg
kcg
5 years ago

What’s interesting in this is Security & safety engines including a dual-lockstep processor for reliable fault detection and processing. Would be good to have more information about it.

Marius
5 years ago

I work in the automotive industry software development business and I can confirm that the customers ( car manufacturers ) are beginning to ask for 4K displays so yes you will need to power 4K displays soon and usually about 3 of them. The advantage here is that the processing required here is much easier than what a game needs, this is a simple 3D guy that’s being rendered by the GPU and sometimes it’s even just some 2D images and stuff so it’s quite possible to do this with a reasonably powerful mobile GPU. The one in this Nvidia… Read more »

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