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Tesla Dumps NVIDIA, Designs and Deploys its Own Self-driving AI Chip

techPowerUp - 3 hours 8 min ago
Tesla Motors announced the development of its own self-driving car AI processor that runs the company's Autopilot feature across its product line. The company was relying on NVIDIA's DGX processors for Autopilot. Called the Tesla FSD Chip (full self-driving), the processor has been deployed on the latest batches of Model S and Model X since March 2019, and the company looks to expand it to its popular Model 3. Tesla FSD Chip is an FPGA of 250 million gates across 6 billion transistors crammed into a 260 mm² die built on the 14 nm FinFET process at a Samsung Electronics fab in Korea. The chip packs 32 MB of SRAM cache, a 96x96 mul/add array, and a cumulative performance metric per die of 72 TOPS at its rated clock-speed of 2.00 GHz.

A typical Autopilot logic board uses two of these chips. Tesla claims that the chip offers "21 times" the performance of the NVIDIA chip it's replacing. Elon Musk referred to the FSD Chip as "the best chip in the world," and not just on the basis of its huge performance uplift over the previous solution. "Any part of this could fail, and the car will keep driving. The probability of this computer failing is substantially lower than someone losing consciousness - at least an order of magnitude," he added. Slides with on-die details follow.Read full story

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 3 Preview: ‘The Dead Are Already Here’

Geek.com - Tue, 2019-04-23 01:30

Game of Thrones Season 8 is already in full swing, and Episode 2 showed Winterfell preparing for a major showdown with the Army of the Dead. Now, the preview for Season 8, Episode 3 […]

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Get a Year’s Subscription to PlayStation Plus for Just $43

Geek.com - Tue, 2019-04-23 00:00

Maximize your PlayStation gaming enjoyment with PlayStation Plus. And now is the perfect time to jump on board as a 12-month subscription, which normally retails for $59.99, can be had for just $42.99 […]

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GlobalFoundries to Sell 300mm New York Fab to ON Semiconductor

AnandTech - Mon, 2019-04-22 22:45

GlobalFoundries and ON Semiconductor on Monday signed a definitive agreement for the latter to buy GlobalFoundries’ 300-mm fab in East Fishkill, New York. In addition to the production facility, ON Semiconductor will get a team of experienced engineers from GlobalFoundries as well as a technology transfer, development, and license agreements.

Park Ranger’s Selfie With ‘Posing’ Gorillas Goes Viral

Geek.com - Mon, 2019-04-22 21:55

It was just “another day at the office” for a park ranger in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who recently snapped a selfie with two “posing” gorillas that went viral online. Mathieu Shamavu, […]

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Philips Launches 222B9T: A 21.5-Inch Semi-Rugged Monitor with Touch Support

AnandTech - Mon, 2019-04-22 21:30

Taking a departure from the usual look-don't-touch world of PC monitors, Philips has rolled out a new, semi-rugged commerical monitor designed specifically for heavy touchscreen use. The Philips 222B9T is a 21.5-inch monitor with a 10-point capacitive touch system that's designed for use in commercial markets such as retail, point of sale, point of information, shops, restaurants, and education, incorporating several changes to ruggedize and otherwise reinforce the monitor and help it survive the harsh environment of human hands.

Maisie Williams Thought Her Shocking ‘Game of Thrones’ Sex Scene Was a ‘Prank’

Geek.com - Mon, 2019-04-22 20:44

Season 8, Episode 2 of Game of Thrones had many key moments, including the surprise sex scene between Arya Stark and Gendry, which shocked millions of fans. Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on […]

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NVIDIA to Flesh out Lower Graphics Card Segment with GeForce GTX 1650 Ti

techPowerUp - Mon, 2019-04-22 20:02
It seems NVIDIA's partners are gearing up for yet another launch, sometime after the GTX 1650 finally becomes available. ECC Listings have made it clear that partners are working on another TU117 variant, with improved performance, sitting between the GTX 1650 and the GTX 1660, which will should bring the fight to AMD's Radeon RX 580. Of course, with the GTX 1660 sitting pretty at a $219 price, this leaves anywhere between the GTX 1650's $149 and the GTX 1660's $229 for the GTX 1650 Ti to fill. With the GTX 1660 being an average of 13% faster than the RX 580, it makes sense for NVIDIA to look for another SKU to cover that large pricing gap between the 1650 and the 1660.

It's speculated that the GeForce GTX 1650 could feature 1024 CUDA Cores, 32 ROPs and 64 TMUs. These should be paired with the same 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM running across a 128-bit bus at the same 8000 MHz effective clock speeds as the GTX 1650, delivering a bandwidth of 128 GB/s. Should NVIDIA be able to pull the feat of keeping the same 75W TDP between its Ti and non-Ti GTX 1650 (as it did with the GTX 1660), that could mean that a 75 W graphics card would be contending with AMD's 185 W RX 580 - a mean, green feet in the power efficiency arena. A number of SKUs for the GTX 1650 Ti have been leaked on ASUS' side of the field, which you can find after the break. Read full story

TSMC: No Plans to Buy Rivals at The Moment

AnandTech - Mon, 2019-04-22 20:00

Although TSMC expects demand for chips to increase going forward and despite an ongoing trend towards consolidation on the foundry market, the company has commented that it currently has no plans to make acquisitions to boost its production capacities.

11-Foot Alligator Captured in Florida After Firefighters Mistake It for Unconscious Person

Geek.com - Mon, 2019-04-22 19:59

Firefighters in Florida got the a huge (and scaly) surprise on Friday night when they stopped to help an unconscious person on the ground, only to realize it was actually a large, 11-foot […]

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NASA Observes Mysterious Galactic ‘Jellyfish’ in Deep Space

Geek.com - Mon, 2019-04-22 19:27

NASA spotted a mysterious galactic “jellyfish”-like galaxy “swimming” into the view of the space agency’s upcoming James Webb Space Telescope, and it is a gorgeous sight. It’s unknown how this galaxy ended up […]

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AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin 19.4.3 Driver

techPowerUp - Mon, 2019-04-22 19:26
AMD today released the latest in their driver suite, which brings about improved performance and support for Mortal Kombat 11 - that means gory details in full GPU-acceleration for the best possible gaming experience. Apart from that, not much to see here: there's a fixed issue relating to AMD Link and Radeon Settings sometimes displaying incorrect parameters. The list of known issues is slightly larger, and follows after the break. Follow the link below for your latest AMD driver download. DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 19.4.3Read full story

Broken Samsung Galaxy Fold Gets Delayed, Of Course

Geek.com - Mon, 2019-04-22 18:52

It was fascinating to see the fall of the Samsung Galaxy Fold play out in real-time. I think most people were pretty skeptical as to how useful a folding phone would actually be. […]

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Podrick’s Song Is Connected to a Major ‘Game of Thrones’ Prophecy

Geek.com - Mon, 2019-04-22 15:54

Game of Thrones is known for its music moments, and Season 8, Episode 2 featured Podrick Payne, Brienne of Tarth’s squire, singing a beautiful ballad that is linked to George R.R. Martin’s books and one […]

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The Intel Optane Memory H10 Review: QLC and Optane In One SSD

AnandTech - Mon, 2019-04-22 15:50

Intel's latest SSD caching solution using 3D XPoint memory is here. This time, the Optane cache is paired with QLC NAND flash, and all bundled onto one M.2 drive so that ultrabooks can enjoy both Optane performance and Flash capacity.

This Snake-Inspired Robot Slithers Faster, Better Than Ever

Geek.com - Mon, 2019-04-22 15:47

Say hi to super snake: Researchers have developed a new and improved snake-inspired soft robot that is faster and more precise than its predecessor. A team from the Harvard John A. Paulson School […]

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Starbomb’s ‘The Tryforce’ Is The Lonely Island For Video Games

Geek.com - Mon, 2019-04-22 15:41

For as entertaining as video games are, a lot of comedy surrounding video game culture… sucks. Maybe it’s because any kind of comedy is hard. Maybe it’s because awful aspects of nerd culture […]

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Watch: Mysterious Sea Squirt Spotted in the Deepest Part of Indian Ocean

Geek.com - Mon, 2019-04-22 14:52

In the deepest point of the Indian Ocean, a mysterious “gelatinous” creature was spotted for perhaps the first time ever. As part of a mission to reach the deepest parts of all five […]

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Geek Pick: Geeni Spot Smart Wi-Fi Plug Is a Superb Socket

Geek.com - Mon, 2019-04-22 14:42

The big gimmick of the upcoming Child’s Play remake is that instead of being a doll with the soul of a serial killer, Chucky is now a A.I.-powered toy gone rogue who murders […]

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‘No Man’s Sky’ Gets Intersterllar Notre Dame Tribute

Geek.com - Mon, 2019-04-22 14:07

One of the many companies to pay tribute to the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral following its tragic fire last week was French video game publisher Ubisoft. If you act fast, you can still […]

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