|Intel Touts Auto AI Chip’s Efficiency|
11/30/2017 00:01 AM EST
Brian Krzanich, Intel’s CEO came to Los Angeles for the “AutoMobility LA” auto show flush with forecasts of how autonomous driving will change every aspect of future vehicles, from cabin design to entertainment and life-saving safety systems.
As a leading autonomous vehicle chip company, Intel also seized the moment to set the record straight on the efficiency of the EyeQ 5 chip, developed by Mobileye (now an Intel company), compared to Nvidia’s Drive PX Xavier SoC designed for autonomous driving.
During his speech, Krzanich, referring to the recently completed Mobileye acquisition, stressed that Intel “can deliver more than twice the deep-learning performance efficiency than the competition [meaning Nvidia].”
As Nvidia strives to brand itself as a leader in AI-based autonomous driving technology through relentless promotion of its Drive PX platform, Intel appears to have decided to charge full-tilt into the brewing battle of specsmanship.
Speaking with EE Times, Jack Weast, Intel's principal engineer and chief architect of autonomous driving solutions, described Intel as a company that tends to lean conservative when it comes to touting its chips’ performance. As the war of words escalates, though, Weast said, “We are tired of seeing us incorrectly quoted.”
Weast complained that its rivals and the media often incorrectly compared Nvidia’s Drive PX to Intel’s desktop PC chips. In an apple-to-apple comparison, Mobileye’s 5th generation vision-sensor fusion chip must instead be compared, he said, with Nvidia’s Xavier SoC. EyeQ5 delivers 24 trillion operations per second (TOPS) at 10 watts, Weast said. In contrast, the DRIVE PX Xavier offers 30 TOPS of performance, while consuming 30 watts of power. “We are 2.4 times more efficient,” said Weast.
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