The NVIDIA Tegra Visual Computing Module (VCM) is debuting as part of the Tesla Motors Model S electric luxury sedan. Based on the same Tegra processor used in smartphones and tablets, the Tegra VCM will power the vehicle’s 17-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system—the largest yet in a passenger car—as well as its 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster.
|Energy-efficient NVIDIA Tegra module powers infotainment, navigation and digital instrument cluster system in Tesla Motors Model S electric sedan. Click to enlarge.|
The Tegra VCM integrates a multicore ARM CPU, an ultra-low-power NVIDIA GeForce GPU and dedicated audio, video and image processors.
Tesla Motors is the first company to ship the Tegra VCM, enabling intuitive, interactive, high-resolution visuals inside its vehicles. For drivers, the system provides larger, more readable maps and a clearly rendered instrument cluster that can be personalized from the multifunction steering wheel.
The Tegra VCM is a complete computing platform that delivers 3D graphics and multimedia capabilities as well as energy efficiency. NVIDIA says that the module provides automakers a highly cost-effective way to rapidly incorporate into vehicles the advanced technology customers are using in their consumer devices, but with a focus on safer operation by reducing the inherent driver distraction of handheld devices.
Since forming its automotive business unit in 2004, NVIDIA has shipped processors in or won future designs in more than 20 brands of vehicles across 100-plus models.