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Tegra visual computing module

Automakers are being challenged by the pace of consumer electronics innovation that is setting performance benchmarks and raising the level of expectation of car buying consumers for in-car infotainment and driver display systems. Consumers want systems where there is hardware upgradability, software upgradability and scalability. NVIDIA developed the TEGRA-X1 (World’s First Terra FLOPS Mobile Processor) Visual Computing Module (VCM) to deliver the benefit of hardware & software platforms to a wide base of automotive vehicles. The automotive-grade module features a TEGRA processor and all the computing components that enable automakers to better match the visual graphics capability, speed of performance and software update experience that the consumers have with Smart Phones.

The VCM is designed to power digital instrumentation clusters, infotainment systems and driver assist systems. Plus, the system is programmable and will easily accept software updates to add new features and capabilities on an even faster schedule during the consumer ownership period. VCM delivers the benefit of platformization using the TEGRA System on a Chip (SoC) that integrates a range of specialized processors, multicore CPU, NVIDIA Kepler-class Graphical Processing Unit with 192 NVIDIA CUDA cores, and dedicated audio, video and image processors. TEGRA VCM is a flexible design approach that dramatically closes the technology gap and provides a platform for future uses as vehicle functionality evolves. For example, NVIDIA’s VCM-PX with 2 TEGRA X1 processor and 12 cameras are a part of the NVIDIA family now being tested in autonomous test vehicles. Since the introduction of Tesla Model S, VCM has been adopted by many OEs like Volkswagen Group and BMW Group and a large Japanese mainstream brand.