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Next-Gen Computer Chip for Robotics Released

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A graphic representation of NVIDIA's Jetson Xavier, featuring the chipset. Image courtesy of NVIDIA.

NVIDIA has recently announced the release of NVIDIA Isaac, a platform including new hardware, software, and a virtual-world robot simulator to help push autonomous machines to the next generation.

Central to the robotics platform is Jetson Xavier, the world’s first computer designed specifically for robotics.

Comprised of six high-performance processors and image, vision, and video processors, the computer is capable of various task including locating itself, reading its environment, recognizing and predict motion, and reasoning on which action to take efficiently and safely.

The small computer chip features 9 billion transistors and is capable of delivering over 30 trillion operations per second, approximately one third the computing power of the most powerful supercomputer in the world — China’s Sunway TaihuLight which, according to the TOP500 computing list, operates at 93 trillion operations per second.

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Using a range of software tools provided by NVIDIA, the Jetson Xavier can be utilized in autonomous machines for a variety of operations, using advanced machine learning and virtual-simulation environments to train and develop robotics for industry deployment.

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang announced the platform at the Computex conference in Taiwan, commenting: “AI is the most powerful technology force of our time.

“Its first phase will enable new levels of software automation that boost productivity in many industries.

“Someday, there will be billions of intelligent machines in manufacturing, home delivery, warehouse logistics and much more.”

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