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News Nvidia announces Volta-based Xavier SoC

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 29 Sep 2016.

  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Lover of bit-tech Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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  2. ModSquid

    ModSquid Multimodder

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    I understand there's a cost implication, but given they're already in mass production, isn't it cheaper to chuck a low-end Core/Pentium/Tegra/whatever chip in these "other" applications, rather than tee up a new fabrication line?
  3. Guest-16

    Guest-16 Guest

    Automotive will never use a consumer chip as they have specialist requirements inline with embedded:
    > Extensive validation + ISO certs. You complete the project, which is normally "yay sell time" then it's another 9+ months of testing.
    > Environmentally hardened - temp + packaging.
    > Unique IOs. This is becoming less the case as automated vehicles standardize around 'regular' IO
    > Auto is loooooong tail, like embedded. New car is 2-3 years design + 7 years of sales + 3 years of aftercare. You are contractually obligated to guarantee the chip will be around for at least 10 years. Core 2 Duo would just be seeing EOL in other words.
    > Customized designs to meet specific needs - you don't just slap as much as you can in one central processor. It's actually better to have certain fusions of parts around the vehicle with their own local, low power processing. That's more risk averse + uniform low temp + low power + small size to fit into nooks and crannies around the vehicle.

    This is why your usual $5 chip is now 5-10x as much.
  4. Harlequin

    Harlequin Modder

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    hope they don't get another bumpgate ;)

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