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Tegra 3 Powering Audi's Vehicle Infotainment, Instruments

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Audi AG has chosen Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 to power infotainment systems and digital instrument clusters that will be installed in Audi vehicles in 2013 and beyond.

Starting in 2013, Audi AG will use Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 to power its new Visual Computing Modules (VCM). Designed specifically for automotive applications, these modules are computer subsystems that come equipped with the Nvidia SoCs, memory and I/O controllers crammed onto a 3 x 3-inch automotive-grade board.

According to Nvidia, the VCMs will be utilized by in-vehicle infotainment systems as well as digital instrument clusters -- the latter of which will replace traditional dashboard gauges -- across Audi's full line of vehicles worldwide. By utilizing VCMs, Audi will be able to quickly and easily incorporate the newest Tegra visual computing technologies into their vehicles.

"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," Nvidia said on Wednesday.

The partnership was first revealed this week during Audi's press conference at CES 2012. Ricky Hudi, head of Audi's electrics/electronics development, indicated that the Tegra 3's low-power requirement was one of its key attractions. He also said the SoC's secret fifth core will enable cars to sync data like music, weather forecasts and map destinations when the engine is actually switched off.

"Audi stands for progressive luxury and our new aim is to adopt the benchmarks of consumer electronics," Hudi said.

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    toastninja17 , January 13, 2012 1:50 AM
    Dad should have waited for this...
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    zander1983 , January 13, 2012 1:59 AM
    Driver update every month to increase car performance and stability? lol
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    darkavenger123 , January 13, 2012 3:39 AM
    I hope it doesn't runs on Android...i dun want my speedometer and RPM meter to lag!!!
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    darkavenger123 , January 13, 2012 3:40 AM
    by 2013, Tegra 3 will be obsolete anyway...it should be Tegra 4 or something...
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    archange , January 13, 2012 5:37 AM
    This is actually pretty darn cool; not to mention bold.
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    danwat1234 , January 13, 2012 5:55 AM
    What type of processors are used as ECUs these days?
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    cmartin011 , January 13, 2012 9:13 AM
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    What type of processors are used as ECUs these days?
    my 2006 Impala uses Junk for a ecu. They usually don't use any name brand stuff that i know. its a cool development none the less. i want my new car to have 5ghz IBM cell processor!
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    youssef 2010 , January 13, 2012 10:32 AM
    archangeThis is actually pretty darn cool; not to mention bold.


    It could also be in Italic if you like.
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    MrPintar14 , January 13, 2012 11:00 AM
    My Audi has better graphics than a iPad
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    classzero , January 13, 2012 12:26 PM
    archangeThis is actually pretty darn cool; not to mention bold.


    youssef 2010It could also be in Italic if you like.


    If you desire you can choose underline as well or a combo

    Happy Friday!
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    dmk2000 , January 13, 2012 1:54 PM
    Most of modern cars ECU's are powered by one or another form of custome ARM anyway so it is not a big deal. As someone said it before me, by 2013, Tegra 3 will be old technology, so what is good about it?
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    Vladislaus , January 13, 2012 6:01 PM
    dmk2000Most of modern cars ECU's are powered by one or another form of custome ARM anyway so it is not a big deal. As someone said it before me, by 2013, Tegra 3 will be old technology, so what is good about it?

    The Tegra 3 will not be used on the ECU.
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    alyoshka , January 14, 2012 3:25 AM
    So the Audi's are going to get more expensive or cheaper?
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    bboysil , January 17, 2012 7:02 AM
    cmartin011my 2006 Impala uses Junk for a ecu. They usually don't use any name brand stuff that i know. its a cool development none the less. i want my new car to have 5ghz IBM cell processor!

    The processors used on vehicle electronics have different requirements then those used on everyday PCs/gaming consoles. Some of them are safety critical (e.g. the ecu, airbag ecu, abs ecu, etc..) and have to have a high reliability over a wide range of conditions. The processors are usually picked with enough performance/features for the desired application. The brands are know through the industry but they are usually less known to the final consumer.. because the end-user doesn't use it to build pcs or whatever..