We are in CES 2018! The delegation of CES Taiwan Tech Star, supported by Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan, kicked start the trip with joining nVidia press conference, hosted by founder and CEO of nVidia, Jensen Huang. nVidia has been an important business partner with multiple Taiwan industries from PC, gaming, all the way to the rising artificial intelligence and AR/VR applications.
Huang, as humorous and energetic as usual, started his keynote at 8PM (like 2 hours passed happy hour!) with highlighting all the “most-seen” trends of CES mentioned by the media would be addressed by nVidia solution platform.
First thing he covered is about the most advancing gaming platform that enable a much lighter and faster gaming laptop. Gaming, where Taiwan key industry players including ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte, etc. as well as a strong and thriving startups and innovation ecosystem on all kinds of technology behind it.
Secondly, Huang disclosed the 125 TFLOPS Volta platform, GPU cloud Every framework, DGX/DGX station, the 1st 1PF AI super computer, TensorRT, the inference Accelerator Platform, and finally TITAN V for individual developer. The total AI solution from cloud computing, supercomputer to PC, are the best support for the ecosystem from big enterprises all the way to startups to rapidly develop and deploy new technology leveraging power of AI to transform the industries and generate new economic value.
Thirdly, Huang talked about one of the biggest buzzword in CES in 2018: autonomous vehicle. The chase of fully autonomous driving world is not only about driving technology, but also to solve the real problem of traffic accidents, urban traffic problems, trucking and mobility services by providing a safer-than-human driving environment, more utilized road and parking space, as well as increasing productivity from extended driving range. All of those, would fundamentally change how we manage logistic, how we do city planning, etc. Huang announced Xavier, the first System-on-Chip designed for autonomous machine, would start sampling in Q1, making computer for autonomous machine lighter, and over 1/10 energy efficient, both are critical to make commercialization of self-driving machine happen faster. Along with other announcement including autonomous driving simulation software platform and DRIVE AV/AR/IX platforms that bring in AR to navigation and surround perception features to the growing nVidia ecosystem, not to mention the wide extensive partnership in the ecosystem, Huang is confident about the coming of autonomous machine age.
While it could be still years away before we will see a lot of self-driving cars running in the cities, some of the component and technologies will be used to help make our traffic safer. One of the CES Tech Star, eBus from NCTU, is developing and using computer vision technology and IoT sensing technology for bus security alarm. Step by step, by working with the great startups and talents from our technology ecosystem, Taiwan ecosystem will not be left out from this big paradigm change.
Our cooperation with nVidia in TITAN program, as well as in LEAP and multiple other AI Go-Big programs supported by Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan, have been deep and close. Our AI-focus startups and researchers would have the opportunities to get access to the latest AI solution and marketing powered by nVidia, and we are looking forward to continuing deepen the cooperation and uplift our deep technology ecosystems.
That’s the wrap-up for the first stop of CES Taiwan Tech Star delegation. Stay with us in the next few day to get the first hand info from CES 2018!