THE COM­PU­TA­TION CHAL­LENGE

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A truly in­de­pen­dent self-driv­ing ve­hi­cle will re­quire up to 70 teraops (tril­lion cal­cu­la­tions per sec­ond) com­put­ing ca­pa­bil­ity. A typ­i­cal smart­phone has 0.25-0.5 teraops. Though the world’s first 1 Teraops Pro­ces­sor may be round the cor­ner, it’s in­deed com­put­ing that may be the fu­ture bot­tle­neck in AI rev­o­lu­tion. After all, even a fully im­mer­sive VR ap­pli­ca­tion with voice com­mand and sur­round sound re­quires be­tween 5-15 teraops. Cer­tain high end med­i­cal de­vices are look­ing at around 30 teraops kind of in­ten­sity. “We hear th­ese ques­tions from our cus­tomers as well. It’s def­i­nitely a chal­lenge, even when it’s on the cloud. Yet, we’re mak­ing progress. There’s a lot of work go­ing on,” says Jeff Gehlhaar, Vice Pres­i­dent of Tech­nol­ogy, Qual­comm Re­search. “Peo­ple are think­ing of au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles by 2021. In that win­dow may be we will need that kind of sil­i­con.”

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