Nvidia has unveiled a line of new products and announced a ten-year collaboration with the Taiwanese government at Computex 2018 pre-show press conference.

“AI is the most powerful technology force of our time,” Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of Nvidia, said. “Its first phase will enable new levels of software automation that boost productivity in many industries. Next, AI, in combination with sensors and actuators, will be the brain of a new generation of autonomous machines.”

Among the most exciting news is the launch of Nvidia ISACC robotics platform, which Huang said will be used to power the new generation of autonomous machines, bringing AI capabilities to manufacturing, logistics, agriculture, construction and other industries.

Nvidia also introduced Jetson Xavier, which is said to be the world’s first intelligent machine processor designed for robotics. With the size not much bigger than the palm, Jetson Xavier will be priced at $1299. A workstation equipped with GPUs that has roughly the same processing power usually cost around $10,000. The Jetson Xavier Devkit will begin early access in this August.

Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of Nvidia, introducing Jetson Xavier at Computex 2018. (Image Credit: TechNode/Nicole Jao)

Nvidia also announced today that it is deepening its collaboration with Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to advance Taiwan’s AI capabilities. The company said the ten-year partnership aims is to build up local deep learning and AI-related technologies. The two will collaborate in multiple areas to advance AI application in local industries and accelerate research and development on the island. Huang said the collaboration “starts with building a supercomputing infrastructure in Taiwan,” adding that the two will also be working on self-driving cars as well as intelligent machines.

Last year, Nvidia unveiled the collaboration with the Taiwanese government to accelerate the development of AI in the island’s commercial sector in support of the “AI Grand Plan,” which aims to help foster domestic AI-related industries.

Computex, Asia’s largest tech expo that opens on June 5th in Taipei, is a springboard for some of the year’s most exciting tech launches and announcements. During the five-day expo, global tech leaders will take the opportunity to flaunt their new chips, gaming gear, VR, laptops and more.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.

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