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.