NVIDIA Receives DARPA Contract Worth up to $20 Million for

NVIDIA Receives DARPA Contract Worth up to $20 Million for
High-Performance Embedded Processor Research 
Research Aims to Achieve Radical Advances in Autonomous Vehicle
Intelligence With 75-Fold Improvement in Processor Efficiency 
SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/12/12 --  NVIDIA has been
awarded a contract worth up to $20 million from the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to research embedded processor
technologies that could lead to dramatic improvements in the ability
of autonomous vehicles to collect and process data from on-board
DARPA is the U.S. Defense Department's research and development arm.
The five-year contract, awarded under DARPA's Power Efficiency
Revolution For Embedded Computing Technologies (PERFECT) program,
will fund research for processors that are 75-times more energy
efficient than current embedded solutions. The goal is to enable
surveillance and computer vision systems in ground and airborne
vehicles to collect and analyze vastly more data than can be
processed today in real time. 
Existing embedded processors deliver about 1 gigaflops of performance
(1 billion floating point operations each second) per watt. The
NVIDIA program, known as Project Osprey, will research low-power
circuits and extremely efficient architectures and programming
systems that enable 75 gigaflops per watt, using process technologies
as advanced as 7 nanometer (nm) compared with today's 28-nm process. 
"The technologies developed with this program can transform the
capabilities of embedded systems, making autonomous vehicles more
practical and intelligent," said Steve Keckler, senior director of
Architecture Research at NVIDIA. "This research will help NVIDIA
continue to advance mobile computing for both government and consumer
Project Osprey will leverage NVIDIA's strengths in heterogeneous
computing and parallel processing technology, which enable more
efficient processing than traditional CPUs. NVIDIA(R) processors are
used in a wide variety of embedded applications today, including
automobiles made by Audi, BMW, Tesla and Lamborghini, aircraft
including the F-22 Raptor, and U.S. Army tanks.  
NVIDIA researchers will work on the program with academic partners at
the University of Utah and the University of Virginia.  
Project Osprey, which is now underway, could, combined with two
optional additional phases, continue over the next five and one-half
For more information, visit the DARPA PERFECT program website. 
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