Nvidia Drive Thor: a powerful new chip for the cars of tomorrow

As part of its very recent keynote, which notably made it possible to discover the new GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 graphics cards, Nvidia also lifted the veil on its new Drive Thor chip, dedicated to the automobile. A new SoC which succeeds Orin in 2022 (and Xavier in 2020), and which promises significantly higher power, with the aim of animating a first salvo of new generation vehicles from the year 2025.

A new Nvidia Drive Thor chip dedicated to the automotive world

Nvidia says manufacturers will be able to configure Drive in a variety of ways, knowing that the chip will unify functions traditionally distributed in vehicles, including digital display, infotainment, parking and assisted driving, for greater efficiency in the development and a faster software section.

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For this, the Drive Thor chip can count on a total power of 2,000 teraflops, the new platform integrating a Grace CPU as well as an updated Hopperde GPU. The objective of the new SoC signed Nvidia is to allow the simultaneous support of a large number of intelligent functionalities, and thus avoid manufacturers having to integrate several calculation units in the vehicle.

The chip is thus able to perform calculations according to several domains, which means that it can divide the tasks in particular for autonomous driving and the entertainment system of the vehicles. “This isolation of multiple compute domains allows concurrent time-critical processes to operate without interruption” says Nvidia.

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On the manufacturers’ side, the Chinese Zeekr is the first to have expressed its interest in this new Drive Thor chip, with the first vehicles which should land by 2025. Other manufacturers such as JiDU Auto, NIO, Li Auto, R Auto, IM Motors or Polestar are already using Nvidia’s Orin technology and could switch to Thor. Remember that at Volvo, it was recently announced to call on Qualcomm for the infotainment part of future vehicles.

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