As we walk down the street with our smartphones or sit at our desks with powerful personal computers, we are constantly surrounded. NVIDIA Automotive—the automobile-focused branch of the inventor of the Graphics Processing Unit—is making sure that none of this changes while on the road. NVIDIA is quickly closing any gaps between the personal car and the most advanced consumer electronics.
The Tegra system-on-a-chip (SoC) developed by NVIDIA is comprised of eight processors including a multi-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, a low-power GeForce GPU, and a 1080 Mobile HD video processor, and is instrumental to an automotive future integrated with high powered electronics. The Tegra SoC can power the most advanced in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, natural speech recognition for accurate voice commands, HD 3D cluster graphics systems. and by supporting ultra HR cameras, can enable traffic sign and pedestrian recognition, blind spot detection, various warnings systems, assisted parking, and night vision.
NVIDIA has secured arrangements with Audi, BMW, and Tesla Motors to incorporate the Tegra processors into several of both their high and low-end cars.
The Tegra 3 in the Model S is essentially the same as the chip that powers Google’s Nexus 7 tablet. One of the key selling points of NVIDIA’s chips is a standardized modular board design. This means that manufacturers can start the design process of a new car with one type of Tegra chip, and then swap it out for a different or newer version right before large-scale production. This allows for manufacturers to reconcile automotive cycle times with faster consumer electronics cycle times, and always provide cutting-edge multimedia systems.In-Vehicle Infotainment,