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Tegra 3 Powering Audi's Vehicle Infotainment, Instruments

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.

  • toastninja17
    Dad should have waited for this...
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  • zander1983
    Driver update every month to increase car performance and stability? lol
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  • darkavenger123
    I hope it doesn't runs on Android...i dun want my speedometer and RPM meter to lag!!!
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  • darkavenger123
    by 2013, Tegra 3 will be obsolete anyway...it should be Tegra 4 or something...
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  • archange
    This is actually pretty darn cool; not to mention bold.
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  • danwat1234
    What type of processors are used as ECUs these days?
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  • cmartin011
    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
    archangeThis is actually pretty darn cool; not to mention bold.
    It could also be in Italic if you like.
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  • MrPintar14
    My Audi has better graphics than a iPad
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  • classzero
    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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