Last week NVIDIA has officially announced its new platform for Self-driving vehicles, called Drive PX 2. According to representatives of NVIDIA, the platform provides the computing power of up to six GeForce GTX Titan X Graphics cards, which is achieved with just two processors based on the Pascal architecture. During the announcement and presentation by CEO of NVIDIA Jen-Hsun Huang showed the new platform, but what he showed from the stage almost certainly wasn’t based on Pascal architecture.
NVIDIA Drive PX 2 Based On Maxwell Architecture, rather than Pascal?
GeForce GTX 980 in the MXM module
Shown platform, as noted by Internet users was equipped with MXM modules that seem to look almost the same as currently used in laptops, the GeForce GTX 980 graphics processors. Some argue that the descriptions appearing on these shows (1503A1) that have been manufactured in the third week of last year. This alone provides proof that NVIDIA Drive PX 2 is not based on Pascal architecture.
Platform Drive PX 2 is equipped with four Denver CPU cores, eight Cortex-A53 CPU cores and offers computing power of 8 TFLOPS, in the case of floating point calculations at constant precision. The total, peak power consumption of such a platform is expected to be 250 W.
Anyway, the doubts about the presentation of Drive PX 2 recall the case from 2009, when Jen-Hsun Huang presented the new graphics card based on the Fermi architecture, and it turned out that it was just a dummy. Although NVIDIA assured that the production of GF100 processors was already in the mass phase, and the finished products will appear before the end of this year, but eventually it seemed that the company had big problems with the GF100, which market version appeared only at the end of March 2010. At the moment there are no signals suggesting that NVIDIA has also shown the similar problems with the production of the first processors based on the Pascal architecture, and so far there are no reports about potential delays.
NVIDIA automotive industry for a long time has a long-term strategy to expand its reach and a large presentation, even with a potential setback notable mainly for surfers, CES 2016 was an important event to attract business partners and investors. However, if a presentation is prepared with a view to confirming that the product exists, the use of dummies at least image-cuts his wings. As mentioned above, there are no reports, which would show that NVIDIA has some problems with Pascal, but such situations are a great medium for spreading rumors about the fact that it is different.