updated 08:02 pm EST, Tue January 7, 2014
New hardened technology can tolerate massive temperature excursions
Nvidia today announced that three new in-vehicle systems powered by the Nvidia Tegra Visual Computing Module (VCM), which will soon begin shipping in Audi's vehicles. The in-vehicle systems 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 3D graphical displays.
The Tegra VCMs powering these systems incorporate 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 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.
Audi also launched a new category of mobile device, known as a Smart Display. This multimedia computer powered by a Tegra 4 processor is designed for rear-seat use, yet seamlessly integrates with the car's audio and video systems. It has been hardened to withstand a wide range of operational conditions, from -40C to 80C (-40F to 176F), and to handle the shocks and vibrations that driving conditions can present. Featuring a 10.2-inch screen, the dockable tablet runs the latest version of the Android operating system, with full access to Google Play and the Android App Store for hundreds of thousands of e-books, music, games and films that can be enjoyed by passengers in the car.
Additionally, Audi unveiled a new, fully-digital instrument cluster, powered by Tegra 3. The virtual cockpit -- which will first appear in the 2015 Audi TT sports coupe -- delivers clearly-presented information to the driver on a 12.3-inch, high-definition display. The virtual cockpit features refined digital gauges with smooth needle animation, as well as beautiful 3D maps, delivering an elegant, informative display. Drivers have the ability to configure the dashboard controls based on their personal preferences.