At CES 2018, Intel’s Mobileye launched its SoC targeting fully autonomous vehicles, called the EyeQ5. The 7-nm process chip reaches 24 TOPS performance but at a low 10 W power consumption for diverse set of workloads of sensing, mapping, and driving policy. Mobileye emphasizes that the low power consumption enables greater scalability because efficiency is paramount in autonomous vehicles that will most likely be battery EVs, and most of the energy of EV battery packs will be used to propel the car and not to run the chips. The EyeQ5 is roughly 10 times more powerful than the previous EyeQ4.
In production, Mobileye is planning for three EyeQ5s to power a full L4/L5 AV. So, the current system on roads today includes about one-tenth of the computing power that will be available in the next-gen EyeQ5-based computer system beginning in early 2019.
Mobileye is now working to harness the power of its Intel parent to open the EyeQ5 platform to third parties, looking for the open-compute platform to result in different kinds of partnerships.
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