Fabu AI releases design metrics of its chips for autonomous driving
Fabu has announced the results of recent design metrics for the company's Phoenix-100 perception chip for autonomous driving solutions. The Phoenix-100 is designed to conduct real-time, high-precision perception of the environment to support safe and accurate intelligent driving technologies. The results, according to the company, point to high performance, lower power consumption, and enhanced memory capacity when compared to design metrics for similar vision computing chips from other major developers of vision-based advanced driver-assistance systems.
Fabu’s Phoenix-100 automotive-grade AI processor is built to support multiple types of sensor data, including camera, LiDAR, and radar, as well as the fusion of these data types for tracking and planning.
"High performance metrics for automotive AI chips are critical for safe and dependable operations of autonomous vehicles, and that is why Fabu designs its own dedicated, application-specific processors for in-vehicle intelligence," said Xiaofei He, Founder and CEO of Fabu. "Our latest performance benchmarks show that Fabu is in a leadership position, poised to successfully tape out a Level 4–5 autonomous driving platform by 2020."
The Phoenix-100 deep learning accelerator (DLA) benchmark testing took place at the Fabu laboratory in Arizona in January 2019. The resulting metrics were compared to published performance results for competitor chips.
Highlights of the metrics evaluation include:
- The Phoenix-100 DLA is expected to deliver a performance metric of more than 5 TOPS (trillion operations per second) compared to 2.5 TOPS offered by competitors in similar applications.
- The Phoenix-100 chip operates on 5 W.
- The Phoenix-100 provides 25% more on-chip memory than competitors, with Fabu integrating 5 MB of memory on the Phoenix-100 chip compared to 3 to 4 MB on some rival processors.
- The Phoenix-100 delivers Ethernet data transfer rates of 10 Gbps.
The Phoenix-100 also integrates key functionalities onto the chip with the intent of making it easy, cost effective, more secure, and safer to use. Fabu integrates image signal processors (ISPs) onto the chip, eliminating the need for external ISPs. The Fabu chip also supports tamper-proof boot and secure over-the-air updates. The Phoenix-100 is designed to include features to make it ASIL-B ready for ease of system-level ISO26262 certification.