Li Auto, Nvidia and Desay SV Automotive Sign a Tripartite Agreement 

Automotive Author: Qasim Khan Editor: Luke Sheehan Sep 23, 2020 09:13 AM (GMT+8)

Li Auto's second product, a full-sized SUV, will be the first to use Nvidia's Orin system-on-chip product. 

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The agreement between Chinese electric car manufacturers, world-renowned chip makers and automotive parts producers signed the deal on September 22, 2020, in Beijing.

The Nvidia Orin system-on-chip selected by Li Auto was released in 2019 and is scheduled to be officially put into production in 2022. Orin uses a 7nm production process to achieve 200TOPS computing performance per second, which is seven times faster than the previous generation Nvidia's high-powered Xavier chip. With a massive improvement in computing performance, Orin's power consumption is only 45 watts.

Xpeng's recently launched sedan; the P7 is equipped with the older version of Nvidia's High-Powered Xavier Chip.

Besides, Li Auto will provide users with an upgradeable solution. The standard single-chip Orin can have 200TOPS computing power and can offer L2 advanced driving assistance functions. After upgrading to dual-chip Orin, the computing power reaches 400TOPS, which can support L4 autonomous driving. 

Desay SV will provide an autonomous driving domain controller for the vehicle based on the new chip, which will make Li Auto the first new energy vehicle company to independently develop an L4 autonomous driving system.

"I am very much looking forward to this new cooperation between the three companies to bring users a safer and more convenient autonomous driving experience," Wang Kai, Chief Technology Officer of Li Auto, said." As one of the leading NEV manufacturers in China, Li Auto will invest more R&D resources in the field of autonomous driving," he added.