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NIO to use AMD chips to build high-performance computing platform


This helps speed up AI deep learning training, save costs and shorten product development cycles, according to AMD.

US chipmaking giant Advanced Micro Devices (AMD, NASDAQ: AMD) has entered into a partnership with NIO (NYSE: NIO, HKG: 9866, SGX: NIO) to supply chips to the Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker.

NIO will use AMD’s EPYC family of processors in its HPC (high-performance computing) platform, which is expected to speed up AI deep learning training and shorten product development cycles, AMD mentioned in a video posted on Weibo.

Notably, it appears that AMD’s chips will only be used in NIO’s vehicle development, instead of in production vehicles. NIO is currently using Qualcomm chips in the vehicle’s smart cockpit, and the smart driving chips are coming from Mobileye and Nvidia.

Smart EV companies are leading the change in the technology industry, and they continue to introduce numerous advanced technologies that disrupt perceptions and imaginations, especially in the key development and design aspects, AMD said in the video.

Using high-performance FEA (Finite Element Analysis) and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulation software to perform crash simulation or wind resistance analysis in the digital world can help improve the safety and manufacturability of EV structural design, making EVs more energy efficient and safer, AMD said.

The efficient operation of high-performance simulation requires powerful computing power support, and the AMD EPYC family of processors is ideal, the company said.

The processor combines the microarchitecture of enhanced Zen 3 cores with up to 32 MB L3 cache per core, a new cache architecture, and high clock frequency, according to AMD.

The NIO HPC based on the processors now delivers a 50 percent year-on-year increase in the number of single-day simulation tasks, thereby accelerating AI deep learning training and helping the development of autonomous driving, AMD said.

This also helps significantly reduce the number of servers purchased, with overall TCO (total cost of ownership) savings of more than 50 percent, and can shorten development cycles and improve product quality, according to AMD.

This article was first published by Phate Zhang on CnEVPost, a website focusing on new energy vehicle news from China.

CnEVPost is a website focused on the coverage of the new energy vehicle industry in China. As with our original intent for CnTechPost, there are a lot of interesting things happening in the Chinese EV industry every day, but they are not covered by the mainstream English language media. We're here to keep track of what's happening in the Chinese EV industry and strive to be the first to publish what we see in English.