NVIDIA has partnered with Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn) to revolutionize AI manufacturing with AI factories and smart solution platforms, accelerating the integration of AI into various industries and advancing autonomous technologies.
This collaboration will see Foxconn integrate NVIDIA technology to create a new class of data centers dedicated to powering an array of applications, including the digitalization of manufacturing and inspection workflows, development of AI-powered electric vehicle and robotics platforms, and an increasing number of language-based generative AI services.
The partnership was announced in a fireside chat with NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang and Foxconn Chairman and CEO Young Liu during Hon Hai Tech Day in Taipei. The collaboration commences with the establishment of AI factories — NVIDIA GPU computing infrastructure specially designed for processing, refining, and transforming vast amounts of data into valuable AI models and tokens. These factories are based on the NVIDIA accelerated computing platform, featuring the latest NVIDIA GH200 Grace Hopper Superchip and NVIDIA AI Enterprise software.
Foxconn is also actively developing smart solution platforms utilizing NVIDIA technologies, including:
Foxconn Smart EV: Built on NVIDIA DRIVE Hyperion 9, a next-generation platform for autonomous automotive fleets, powered by NVIDIA DRIVE Thor, its future automotive systems-on-a-chip.
Foxconn Smart Manufacturing Robotic Systems: Built on the NVIDIA Isaac autonomous mobile robot platform.
Foxconn Smart City: Incorporating the NVIDIA Metropolis intelligent video analytics platform.
Young Liu, Chairman and CEO of Foxconn, emphasized, “Most importantly, NVIDIA and Foxconn are building these factories together. We will be helping the whole industry move much faster into the new AI era.”
Jensen Huang, NVIDIA’s CEO, noted, “A new type of manufacturing has emerged—the production of intelligence. And the data centers that produce it are AI factories. Foxconn, the world’s largest manufacturer, has the expertise and scale to build AI factories globally. We are delighted to expand our decade-long partnership with Foxconn to accelerate the AI industrial revolution.”
Empowering Foxconn Customers to Establish AI Data Factories
Working in close collaboration with NVIDIA, Foxconn aims to develop numerous systems based on NVIDIA CPUs, GPUs, and networking for its global customer base. These customers seek to create and operate their own AI factories, optimized with NVIDIA AI Enterprise software.
Key NVIDIA technologies that Foxconn is leveraging for these customized designs include NVIDIA HGX reference designs featuring eight NVIDIA H100 Tensor Core GPUs per system, NVIDIA GH200 Superchips, NVIDIA OVX reference designs, and NVIDIA networking.
By utilizing these systems, Foxconn customers can harness NVIDIA accelerated computing to deliver generative AI services and employ simulation to expedite the training of autonomous machines, including industrial robots and self-driving cars.
Foxconn’s Vision for AI Factory
In addition to empowering its customers with NVIDIA technology-driven AI factories, Foxconn is exploring the development of its own AI factory. This factory will tap into the NVIDIA Omniverse platform and Isaac and Metropolis frameworks to meet the stringent production and quality standards of the electronics industry.
Advancements in edge AI and simulation enable the deployment of autonomous mobile robots covering several miles a day and industrial robots for assembling components, applying coatings, packaging, and quality inspections.
An AI factory leveraging NVIDIA platforms can facilitate AI training and inference, streamline factory workflows, and conduct simulations in the virtual world before real-world deployment. Simulating the entire robotics and automation pipeline from end to end provides Foxconn with a path to operational efficiency gains, saving time and costs.
Advancing Safe, AI-Powered EVs
Foxconn will further deliver a range of NVIDIA DRIVE solutions to global automakers, serving as a tier-one manufacturer of NVIDIA DRIVE Orin-based electronic control units (ECUs) and scaling to NVIDIA DRIVE Thor-based ECUs in the future.
As a contract manufacturer, Foxconn will offer highly automated and autonomous, AI-rich electric vehicles (EVs) featuring the upcoming NVIDIA DRIVE Hyperion 9 platform. This platform includes DRIVE Thor and a sensor architecture, enabling Foxconn and its automotive customers to usher in a new era of functionally safe and secure software-defined cars.