NVidia Tegra 3 Processor to Power Audi’s Next-Gen Infotainment and Digital Instrument Clusters
NVidia today announced that Audi AG has selected the NVidia Tegra 3 mobile processor to power in-vehicle infotainment systems –as well as new digital instrument clusters that replace traditional dashboard gauges — across its full line of vehicles worldwide, beginning in 2013. The tight integration of these systems with the vehicle, as well as their simple user-interface and realistic graphics, will enable safer, more intuitive driving by providing critical information that can be easily understood with a quick glance.
Both the infotainment and the instrument-cluster systems will utilize Visual Computing Modules (VCMs) powered by Tegra 3. VCMs are computer subsystems equipped with Tegra processors, memory and IO controllers, designed specifically for automotive applications. By utilizing VCMs, Audi can quickly and easily incorporate the newest Tegra visual computing technologies into their vehicles, enabling it to offer the most cutting-edge visual computing capabilities in the marketplace.
Tegra 3 processor is a complete system-on-a-chip that incorporates a quad-core ARM CPU, an NVidia GeForce GPU and dedicated audio, video and image processors. This highly energy efficient, integrated design enables ultra-fast application processing and vibrant 3D graphics, while placing fewer demands on vehicles’ electrical systems.