Electric Avenue: NVIDIA Engineer Revs Up Classic Car to Sport AI

Arman Toorians isn’t your average classic car restoration hobbyist. The NVIDIA engineer recently transformed a 1974 Triumph TR6 roadster at his home workshop into an EV featuring AI. Toorians built the vehicle to show a classic car can be recycled into an electric ride that taps NVIDIA Jetson AI for safety, security and vehicle management Read article >

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Electric Avenue: NVIDIA Engineer Revs Up Classic Car to Sport AI

Arman Toorians isn’t your average classic car restoration hobbyist.

The NVIDIA engineer recently transformed a 1974 Triumph TR6 roadster at his home workshop into an EV featuring AI.

Toorians built the vehicle to show a classic car can be recycled into an electric ride that taps NVIDIA Jetson AI for safety, security and vehicle management features.

He hopes the car blazes a path for others to explore electric vehicle conversions that pack AI.

“My objective is to encourage others to take on this task — it’s a lot of fun,” he said.

Where It Began

The story begins when Toorians purchased the Triumph in “junkyard condition” for $4,000 from a retired cop who gave up on ambitions of restoring the car.

The conversion cost $20,000 in parts. He acquired a motor from NetGain Motors, electrical components from EV West, Triumph parts from Moss Motors, and five Tesla batteries capable of 70 miles on a charge for his setup. NVIDIA supplied the Jetson Xavier NX developer kit.

To find spare time, the quadrilingual Persian-Armenian musician took a hiatus from playing flamenco and jazz guitar. Co-workers and friends cheered on his effort, he said, while his wife and son gave a hand and advice as needed.

Three years in the making, the car’s sophisticated build with AI may just set a new bar for the burgeoning classic-to-electric conversion space.

Jetson for Security 

The car is smart. And it may have as much in common with a Tesla as it does with future generations of EVs from automakers everywhere adopting AI.

That’s because he installed the NVIDIA Jetson NX developer kit in the little sports car’s trunk. The power-efficient Jetson edge AI platform provides compact supercomputing performance capable of handling multi-modal inference, devouring data from the car’s sensors and camera.

Toorian’s Triumph packs the compact Jetson Xavier NX in the trunk for AI.

“Jetson is a great platform that addresses many different markets and can also be very easily used to solve many problems in this DIY electric car market,” Toorians said.

Toorians, a director in the Jetson group, uses the Jetson Xavier NX for a growing list of cool features. For example, using a dash cam feed and the NVIDIA DeepStream SDK for intelligent video analytics, he’s using the Jetson to work on securing the car. Like the talking car KITT from the hit ‘80s TV series Knight Rider, the Triumph will be able to react with verbal warnings to anyone unauthorized to be in or around it.

If that doesn’t work to deter a threat to the vehicle, his plans are for Jetson to step it up a notch and activate alarms and email alerts.

Lighter, Faster, Cleaner

The sleek sports car has impressive specs. It’s now lighter, faster and cleaner on its energy usage than when it rolled out of the factory decades ago. It also doesn’t leave motor oil stains or the stench of gas and exhaust fumes in its wake.

In place of the greasy 350-pound six cylinder gas engine, Toorians installed a shiny 90-pound electrical motor. The new motor lives in the same spot under the hood and puts out 134 horsepower versus the stock engine’s 100 horses, providing peppy takeoffs.

The Triumph’s engine bay sports a lighter, cleaner and peppier motor.

He gets a lot of thumbs-up reactions to the car. But for him the big payoff is repurposing the older gasoline vehicle to electric to avoid environmental waste and exhaust pollutants.

“Electric cars help keep our air and environment clean and are the way toward a more sustainable future in transportation,” he said.

Jetson for Safety

Among its many tricks, the Triumph uses AI to recognize the driver so that only authorized users can start it — and only when seat belts are fastened by both the driver and passenger.

The dash camera running through Jetson — which can process more than 60 frames per second — is being used to generate lane departure warnings.

Front and rear lidar generate driver alerts if objects are in the Triumph’s path or too close. The front lidar and the dash cam can also be used to run the cruise control.

Jetson processes the front and rear battery temperatures and translates it for the analog temperature gauges. Jetson is also called on to read the battery capacity and display it on the analog fuel gauge, keeping it stock. Another nice one: the fuel cap now covers the charging port.

Touches like these — as well as keeping a functioning four-speed shifter — allowed the car to keep its original look.

“Rebuilding older generation cars with electric motors and computers helps us recycle good gasoline engine cars that otherwise would have to be destroyed,” he said.

DIY makers and businesses alike turn to NVIDIA Jetson for edge AI.

 

 

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Amid CES, NVIDIA Packs Flying, Driving, Gaming Tech News into a Single Week

Flying, driving, gaming, racing… amid the first-ever virtual Consumer Electronics Show this week, NVIDIA-powered technologies spilled out in all directions. In automotive, Chinese automakers SAIC and NIO announced they’ll use NVIDIA DRIVE in future vehicles. In gaming, NVIDIA on Tuesday led off a slew of gaming announcements by revealing the affordable new RTX 3060 GPU Read article >

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Amid CES, NVIDIA Packs Flying, Driving, Gaming Tech News into a Single Week

Flying, driving, gaming, racing… amid the first-ever virtual Consumer Electronics Show this week, NVIDIA-powered technologies spilled out in all directions.

In automotive, Chinese automakers SAIC and NIO announced they’ll use NVIDIA DRIVE in future vehicles.

In gaming, NVIDIA on Tuesday led off a slew of gaming announcements by revealing the affordable new RTX 3060 GPU and detailing the arrival of more than 70 30-series GPUs for gamers and creatives.

In robotics, the Skydio X2 drone has received the CES 2021 Best of Innovation Award for Drones and Unmanned Systems.

And in, well, a category all its own, the Indy Autonomous Challenge, unveiled Thursday, will pit college teams equipped with sleek, swift vehicles equipped with ADLINK DLP-8000 robot controller powered by NVIDIA GPUs against each other for a $1.5 million prize.

This week’s announcements were just the latest examples of how NVIDIA is driving AI and innovation into every aspect of our lives.

Game On

Bringing more gaming capabilities to millions more gamers, NVIDIA Tuesday announced more than 70 new laptops will feature GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs and unveiled the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card for desktops, priced at just $329.

All are powered by the award-winning NVIDIA Ampere GPU architecture, the second generation of RTX with enhanced Ray Tracing Cores, Tensor Cores, and new streaming multiprocessors.

NVIDIA also announced Call of Duty: Warzone and Square Enix’s new IP, Outriders. And Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach and F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch will be adding RTX ray tracing and DLSS.

The games are just the latest to support the real-time ray tracing and AI-based DLSS (deep learning super sampling) technologies, known together called RTX, which NVIDIA introduced two years ago.

The announcements were among the highlights of a streamed presentation from Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of NVIDIA’s GeForce business.

Amid the unprecedented challenges of 2020, “millions of people tuned into gaming — to play, create and connect with one another,” Fisher said. “More than ever, gaming has become an integral part of our lives.”

Hitting the Road

In automotive, two Chinese automakers announced they’ll be relying on NVIDIA DRIVE technologies.

Just as CES was starting electric car startup NIO announced a supercomputer to power its automated and autonomous driving features, with NVIDIA DRIVE Orin at its core.

The computer, known as Adam, achieves over 1,000 trillion operations per second of performance with the redundancy and diversity necessary for safe autonomous driving.

The Orin-powered supercomputer will debut in NIO’s flagship ET7 sedan, scheduled for production in 2022, and every NIO model to follow.

And on Thursday, SAIC, China’s largest automaker, announced it’s joining forces with online retail giant Alibaba to unveil a new premium EV brand, dubbed IM for “intelligence in motion.”

The long-range electric vehicles will feature AI capabilities powered by the high-performance, energy-efficient NVIDIA DRIVE Orin compute platform.

The news comes as EV startups in China have skyrocketed in popularity, with NVIDIA working with NIO along with Li Auto and Xpeng to bolster the growth of new-energy vehicles.

Taking to the Skies

Meanwhile, Skydio, the leading U.S. drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight, today announced it received the CES 2021 Best of Innovation Award for Drones and Unmanned Systems for the Skydio X2.

Skydio’s new autonomous drone offers enterprise and public sector customers up to 35 minutes of autonomous flight time.

Packing six 4k cameras and powered by the NVIDIA Jetson TX2 mobile supercomputer, it’s built to offer situational awareness, asset inspection, and security patrol.

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IM AI: China Automaker SAIC Unveils EV Brand Powered by NVIDIA DRIVE Orin

There’s a new brand of automotive intelligence equipped with the brains — and the battery — to go the distance. SAIC, the largest automaker in China, joined forces with etail giant Alibaba to unveil a new premium EV brand, dubbed IM, or “intelligence in motion.” The long-range electric vehicles will feature AI capabilities powered by Read article >

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IM AI: China Automaker SAIC Unveils EV Brand Powered by NVIDIA DRIVE Orin

There’s a new brand of automotive intelligence equipped with the brains — and the battery — to go the distance.

SAIC, the largest automaker in China, joined forces with etail giant Alibaba to unveil a new premium EV brand, dubbed IM, or “intelligence in motion.” The long-range electric vehicles will feature AI capabilities powered by the high-performance, energy-efficient NVIDIA DRIVE Orin compute platform.

The first two vehicles in the lineup — a flagship sedan and SUV — will have autonomous parking and other automated driving features, as well as a 93kWh battery that comes standard. SAIC will begin taking orders for the sedan at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, with the SUV following in 2022.

These models will have multi NVIDIA Orin SoCs (system-on-a-chip) at the core of a centralized computer system, achieving 500 to 1,000+ TOPS of performance for automated and autonomous capabilities in addition to in-cabin personalization that is continuously upgradable over-the-air for a truly software-defined experience.

By centralizing and unifying the compute architecture, IM vehicles will be able to receive advanced software features as they’re developed. Just like a mobile phone, which periodically gets software updates, these software-defined vehicles will do the same.

Premium Vehicles Inside and Out

Developing a top-of-the-line premium electric brand requires best-in-class in-vehicle compute.

Orin is the world’s highest-performance, most-advanced AV and robotics processor. This supercomputer on a chip is capable of delivering up to 254 trillion operations per second (TOPS) to handle the large number of applications and deep neural networks that run simultaneously in autonomous vehicles and robots, while meeting systematic safety standards such as ISO 26262 ASIL-D.

With two Orin SoCs at the center of IM vehicles, these compute platforms will be able to deliver more than 500 TOPS of performance to achieve the redundancy and diversity necessary for autonomous operation.

Like all modern computing devices, these intelligent vehicles will be supported by a large team of AI and software engineers, dedicated to improving the performance and capability of the car as technology advances.

Intelligence in Motion

The new IM vehicle lineup is upping the ante for intelligent and electric mobility.

These electric vehicles will come standard with a 93kWh battery, and a 115kWh one on premium trims.

 

The software-defined IM vehicles don’t just improve like mobile devices, they also work seamlessly with such technology. The brand includes smartphone features for personalized driver and passenger experiences, creating a smart living space inside the car.

As a new, continuously upgradeable electric vehicle lineup, SAIC’s premium IM brand will drive further innovation in intelligent, personal transportation.

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AMD to Report Fourth Quarter & Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Results

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) announced today that it will report fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020 financial results on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 after the close of market. Management will conduct a conference call to discuss these results at 5:00 p.m. EST / 2:00 p.m. PST. Interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast of the conference call via AMD’s Investor Relations website ir.amd.com. An archive of the webcast will be available for approximately one year after the conference call.

About AMD
For more than 50 years, AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics and visualization technologies ― the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms and the data center. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work and play. AMD employees around the world are focused on building great products that push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) websiteblog, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter pages.

AMD, the AMD Arrow logo and the combination thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Note from Pat Gelsinger to Intel

Pat Gelsinger, who today was named chief executive officer of Intel Corporation, effective Feb. 15, 2021, sent the following note to all Intel employees:

Intel Pat GelsingerI am thrilled and humbled to be returning to Intel as CEO. I was 18 years old when I joined Intel, fresh out of the Lincoln Technical Institute. Over the next 30 years of my tenure at Intel, I had the honor to be mentored at the feet of Grove, Noyce and Moore. Intel then helped me continue my education at Santa Clara University and Stanford University. The company also gave me the opportunity to work on the forefront of silicon innovation with the best and brightest talent in the industry.

My experience at Intel has shaped my entire career, and I am forever grateful to this company. To come back “home” to Intel in the role of CEO during what is such a critical time for innovation, as we see the digitization of everything accelerating, will be the greatest honor of my career.

I have tremendous regard for the company’s rich history and the powerful technologies created here that have transformed, and continue to transform, the world’s digital infrastructure. We have incredible talent and remarkable technical expertise that is the envy of the industry.

I look forward to working with all of you to continue to shape the future of technology. While Intel’s history is rich, the transformation from a CPU to multi-architecture XPU company is exciting and our opportunity as a world-leading semiconductor manufacturer is greater than it’s ever been. I will be sharing more in the near-term about my vision and strategy for Intel, but I know we can continue to accelerate innovation, strengthen our core business and create value for our shareholders, customers and employees.

I want to extend my gratitude to Bob for his leadership and significant contributions to Intel through this critical period of transformation. I welcome his counsel and ongoing guidance through the transition period to make it as seamless as possible for our customers and all of you.

I’m sure you will have many questions about what is to come, and I look forward to hearing them, even if I won’t have all the answers on day one. I can’t wait to resume this journey with all of you.

– Pat

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Intel Appoints Tech Industry Leader Pat Gelsinger as New CEO

News Highlights:

  • Bob Swan will remain in CEO role until February 15
  • Intel expects to exceed its previously communicated guidance for fourth-quarter 2020 revenue and earnings per share (EPS). Full fourth-quarter results will be released Jan. 21, 2021, as scheduled.
  • The company has made strong progress on its 7nm process technology and will provide an update on its Jan. 21 earnings call.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 13, 2021 – Intel today announced that its board of directors has appointed 40-year technology industry leader Pat Gelsinger as its new chief executive officer, effective Feb. 15, 2021. Gelsinger will also join the Intel board of directors upon assuming the role. He will succeed Bob Swan, who will remain CEO until Feb. 15.

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Intel Corporation’s board of directors has named Pat Gelsinger as its CEO. He will take on the role on Feb. 15, 2021.
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Today’s announcement is unrelated to Intel’s 2020 financial performance. Intel expects its fourth-quarter 2020 revenue and EPS to exceed its prior guidance provided on Oct. 22, 2020. In addition, the company has made strong progress on its 7nm process technology and plans on providing an update when it reports its full fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 results as previously scheduled on Jan. 21, 2021.

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Gelsinger is a highly respected CEO and industry veteran with more than four decades of technology and leadership experience, including 30 years at Intel where he began his career.

“Pat is a proven technology leader with a distinguished track record of innovation, talent development, and a deep knowledge of Intel. He will continue a values-based cultural leadership approach with a hyper focus on operational execution,” said Omar Ishrak, independent chairman of the Intel board. “After careful consideration, the board concluded that now is the right time to make this leadership change to draw on Pat’s technology and engineering expertise during this critical period of transformation at Intel. The board is confident that Pat, together with the rest of the leadership team, will ensure strong execution of Intel’s strategy to build on its product leadership and take advantage of the significant opportunities ahead as it continues to transform from a CPU to a multi-architecture XPU company.”

“I am thrilled to rejoin and lead Intel forward at this important time for the company, our industry and our nation,” said Gelsinger. “Having begun my career at Intel and learned at the feet of Grove, Noyce and Moore, it’s my privilege and honor to return in this leadership capacity. I have tremendous regard for the company’s rich history and powerful technologies that have created the world’s digital infrastructure. I believe Intel has significant potential to continue to reshape the future of technology and look forward to working with the incredibly talented global Intel team to accelerate innovation and create value for our customers and shareholders.”

“The board and I deeply appreciate Bob Swan for his leadership and significant contributions through this period of transformation for Intel,” continued Ishrak. “Under his leadership, Intel has made significant progress on its strategy to transform into a multi-architecture XPU company to capitalize on market shifts and extend Intel’s reach into fast-growing markets. Bob has also been instrumental in reenergizing the company’s culture to drive better execution of our product and innovation roadmap. He leaves Intel in a strong strategic and financial position, and we thank him for his ongoing guidance as he works with Pat to ensure the leadership transition is seamless.”

“My goal over the past two years has been to position Intel for a new era of distributed intelligence, improving execution to strengthen our core CPU franchise and extending our reach to accelerate growth,” said Swan. “With significant progress made across those priorities, we’re now at the right juncture to make this transition to the next leader of Intel. I am fully supportive of the board’s selection of Pat and have great confidence that, under his leadership and the rest of the management team, Intel will continue to lead the market as one of the world’s most influential technology companies.”

Most recently, Gelsinger served as the CEO of VMware since 2012, where he significantly transformed the company into a recognized global leader in cloud infrastructure, enterprise mobility and cyber security, almost tripling the company’s annual revenues. Prior to joining VMware, Gelsinger was president and chief operating officer of EMC Information Infrastructure Products at EMC, overseeing engineering and operations for information storage, data computing, backup and recovery, RSA security and enterprise solutions. Before joining EMC, he spent 30 years at Intel, becoming the company’s first chief technology officer and driving the creation of key industry technologies such as USB and Wi-Fi. He was the architect of the original 80486 processor, led 14 different microprocessor programs and played key roles in the Core and Xeon families.

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CES 2021: Thomas Friedman and Prof. Amnon Shashua

Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman and Mobileye’s Dan David laureate Prof. Amnon Shashua will explore the global impact of artificial intelligence. During the intimate 30-minute fireside chat, the two will explore the technological mega shifts shaping the world, from the ethics and values governing today’s technology to the challenges facing a rapid pace of change and automation. They will also collectively share their vision for maximizing opportunities in the era of disruption.

Tune in to the livestream on this page: Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 6:45 a.m. PST

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