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Audi and NVIDIA Expand Visual Computing in the Car

Audi and NVIDIA Expand Visual Computing in the Car

NVIDIA today announced that three new in-vehicle systems powered by the NVIDIA® Tegra® Visual Computing Module (VCM) will soon begin shipping in Audi’s vehicles.

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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 is a true leader in the development of advanced vehicle electronics,” said Taner Ozcelik, vice president and general manager of Automotive at NVIDIA. “Breakthroughs like the first navigation system based on Google Earth and the first automotive-grade tablet demonstrate Audi’s strategy to fast track consumer electronics technology into the car.”

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 uniquely 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 dramatically narrows the technology gap that has traditionally existed between consumer electronics and the long development lifecycles of in-vehicle systems.

Next-Generation Infotainment
Building on Audi’s modular infotainment platform, known as MIB and introduced in 2012, the automaker’s next-generation platform will begin appearing in next year’s models.

The award-winning Audi Connect system brings an unprecedented level of integration into the car, enabling 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.

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