it was claimed today that Nvidia’s new Tegra K1 ‘super chip’ will be the processor of choice for manufacturers of the smart, connected and self-driving cars of the future.
Unveiled at the 2014 CES in Las Vegas, the Tegra K1 boasts 192 cores and is tipped to power a wide range of automotive features, from dashboards and cruise control, to safety systems, interactions with other cars, and autonomous driving.
“We believe the car is to be your most important mobile computer,” said Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang.
Tegra K1 will process a “deluge” of data
Where previous mobile processors lacked power, it is claimed that the K1 will be able to handle a deluge of data streamed from a car’s sensors and cameras. This, in turn, can be used to make the vehicle intelligent and more aware of its surroundings.
Aside from controlling a car’s physical aspects, the K1 is also capable of managing futuristic touch screen dashboards, like that seen in the Tesla Model S. Building on this, future K1-powered cars will have large, high-definition interfaces and instrument clusters where physical controls exist today.
Nvidia is yet to announce any partnerships with car manufacturers, but its current collaboration with Audi looks set to produce cars using the K1 in the near future. The car manufacturer has used three generations of Tegra chips already and the K1 offers much enhanced capabilities.
“Tegra K1 opens a new chapter for Audi to deliver revolutionary supercomputing advances to the car, paving the way to piloted driving experiences,” said Ricky Hudi, chief executive engineer of electrics/electronics at Audi AG.
Nvidia hopes the K1 will be adopted by a wide range of automotive manufacturers, who will be able to use the processor to issue over-the-air updates, bringing new software features as they are developed.