Intel’s Mobileye unveils a chip that could bring self-driving cars to the masses


Self-driving car technology is currently limited to pilot programs and specialty vehicles, but Mobileye believes it could play a key role in making self-driving vehicles that you can actually buy. The Intel-owned company has unveiled an EyeQ Ultra system-on-chip designed with consumer self-driving cars in mind. The SoC can combine all the computing needs of Level 4 autonomy (completely self-driving in most conditions), but it’s said to be the world’s “sleekest” such chip — car brands don’t have to use more complex, energy-guzzling parts that could increase costs or reduce the cost of ownership. damage battery life.

The EyeQ Ultra is built on a more efficient 5-nanometer process, but the architecture is key. Mobileye’s design revolves around four task-specific accelerators coupled with additional CPU cores, graphics cores, and image processors. The result can process input from cameras, LiDAR, radar and the car’s central computer system, processing ‘just’ 176 trillion operations per second. For context, NVIDIA’s Drive Atlan is expected to manage 1,000 trillion operations.

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You will have to wait a while to see the chip in action. Mobileye doesn’t expect the first working EyeQ Ultra chips until the end of 2023, and you won’t see full production until 2025. However, that’s roughly in line with many automakers’ self-driving car plans and could help the company fight NVIDIA’s offerings. It’s not clear if you can “drive” a level 4 car in three years, but that’s no longer as far-fetched a concept as it once seemed.

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