USA: The new Tesla Motors Model S electric sedan will be making its debut with the NVIDIA(R) Tegra Visual Computing Module (VCM). Based on the Tegra processor used in smartphones and tablets, the Tegra VCM will power the vehicle’s 17-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system — the largest ever in a passenger car — as well as its all-digital instrument cluster.
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 beautifully 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 exceptional energy efficiency, a critical feature for all types of cars. The module provides automakers a 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.
The Tegra VCM features the world’s first mobile superchip, which integrates a multicore ARM CPU, an ultra-low-power NVIDIA GeForce(R) GPU and dedicated audio, video and image processors.
One Tegra VCM will power the Model S infotainment system, which features a 17-inch touchscreen with a customizable and intuitive user interface for music, phone, navigation, connected services and climate control.
A second Tegra module will drive the all-digital instrument cluster, which features a high-resolution, 12.3-inch LCD display and advanced 3D graphics that can be personalized based on each driver’s preferences.
J.B. Straubel, chief technology officer at Tesla Motors, said that, “Tesla has created a premium electric vehicle that is raising the bar on value, performance and efficiency while getting people excited about cars again. With the power of NVIDIA Tegra, we are able to deliver a visually stunning in-vehicle experience to our customers and put rich content at their fingertips.”
Dan Vivoli, senior vice president at NVIDIA, stated that, “On the outside, Model S is a stunning blend of beauty, high performance and energy efficiency. On the inside, it’s one of the most sophisticated consumer electronics devices ever built. Tesla Motors is at the forefront of innovative automakers that are delivering an enhanced driving experience based on NVIDIA’s advanced processors.”