AMD and NIO Reach Chip Supply Cooperation
The Chinese unit of American multinational semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced on Tuesday that it has entered into a chip supply partnership with local automaker NIO.
NIO will use AMD’s EPYC family of processors for its high-performance computing (HPC) platform, which is expected to speed up AI deep learning training and shorten product development cycles. Notably, it appears that AMD’s chips will only be used for NIO‘s vehicle development, instead of in production vehicles.
Using high-performance finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) 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 China said.
AMD’s EPYC family of processors combine the microarchitecture of enhanced Zen 3 cores with up to 32 MB L3 cache per core, a new cache architecture, and high clock frequency.
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The EPYC processors can provide assistance in CAE simulation, design and testing, such as for fluid mechanics, structural simulation and collision simulation. The firm said: “With the help of AMD EPYC, NIO‘s HPC platform can handle about 240 simulation tasks every day, up 50% year-on-year. This also helps significantly reduce the number of servers purchased, with overall total cost of ownership (TCO) savings of more than 50%, and can shorten development cycles and improve product quality.”