CES 2014: NVIDIA Tegra and Audi

At the CES 2014, chip vendor NVIDIA announced that three new in-vehicle systems powered by the NVIDIA Tegra Visual Computing Module (VCM) will soon begin shipping in Audi’s vehicles.

These innovative solutions, disclosed at the German automaker’s press conference at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show, include: a connected infotainment system with twice the performance of its predecessor; the world’s first automotive-grade tablet that is fully integrated into the car’s infotainment system; and a high-resolution digital cockpit with unprecedented, vivid 3D graphical displays.

Audi Virtual Cockpit

The Tegra VCMs powering these systems are highly flexible platforms, incorporating an automotive-grade NVIDIA Tegra mobile processor with an NVIDIA 4-Plus-1 core CPU, a multi-core GPU and dedicated audio, video and image processors.

The Tegra VCM enables carmakers to slide the most current processors into their electronics systems, allowing for faster evolution of in-vehicle systems as newer hardware becomes available. This modularity narrows the technology gap that has traditionally existed between consumer electronics and the long development lifecycles of in-vehicle systems.

The Audi Connect system enables Google Earth and Google Street View navigation, as well as real-time traffic and parking information — all accessible via speech and handwriting recognition. The newest system —  powered by Tegra 3 — will more than double the performance of its predecessor.

Audi launched a new category of mobile device, known as a Smart Display. This multimedia computer powered by a Tegra 4 processor is designed for rear-seat use, yet integrates with the car’s audio and video systems.

Featuring a 10.2-inch screen, the dockable tablet runs the latest version of the Android operating system, with full access to Google Play and the Android App Store for hundreds of thousands of e-books, music, games and films that can be enjoyed by passengers in the car.

Audi unveiled a new, fully digital instrument cluster, powered by Tegra 3. The virtual cockpit — which will first appear in the 2015 Audi TT sports coupe — delivers clearly presented information to the driver on a 12.3-inch, high-definition display.

The virtual cockpit features refined digital gauges with smooth needle animation, as well as 3D maps, delivering an elegant, informative display. Drivers have the ability to configure the dashboard controls based on their personal preferences.

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