NVIDIA Receives DARPA Contract Worth up to $20 Million for High-Performance Embedded Processor Research

Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:00am EST

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  SANTA CLARA, CA, Dec 12 (Marketwire) -- 
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
sensors.

    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
applications." 

    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 years. 

    For more information, visit the DARPA PERFECT program website.

    About NVIDIA
 NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) awakened the world to computer
graphics when it invented the GPU in 1999. Today, its processors power a
broad range of products from smartphones to supercomputers. NVIDIA's
mobile processors are used in cell phones, tablets and auto infotainment
systems. PC gamers rely on GPUs to enjoy spectacularly immersive worlds.
Professionals use them to create 3D graphics and visual effects in movies
and to design everything from golf clubs to jumbo jets. And researchers
utilize GPUs to advance the frontiers of science with high performance
computing. The company has more than 5,000 patents issued, allowed or
filed, including ones covering ideas essential to modern computing. For
more information, see www.nvidia.com.

    Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to,
statements as to: the impact, performance, features and benefits of the
technologies to be developed under Project Osprey, and the effects of the
company's patents on modern computing, are forward-looking statements
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products or technologies when integrated into systems; as well as other
factors detailed from time to time in the reports NVIDIA files with the
Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, including its Form 10-Q for
the fiscal period ended July 29, 2012. Copies of reports filed with the
SEC are posted on the company's website and are available from NVIDIA
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future performance and speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as
required by law, NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these
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For further information, contact:
Ken Brown 
NVIDIA Corporate Communications
(408) 486-2626
kebrown@nvidia.com 

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