More Details About NVIDIA Tegra K1
We brought you a taste of the power behind the newest CPU from NVIDIA, the Tegra K1, late last night. The K1 packs a Kepler core into a package targeted at mobile processors, putting desktop power at your fingertips. Since the initial announcement, NVIDIA has created a blog post summarizing its CES press conference with some additional product information. The Tegra K1 will bring its computing power to automotive applications, enabling a number of technologies that were previously unavailable. The primary application will be in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) with applications such as pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and street sign recognition. VP and general manager of automotive business Taner Ozcelik said, "To process the steady deluge of sensor and camera data required by a self-driving car, NVIDIA is bringing highly energy-efficient supercomputer technology inside the vehicle. Tegra K1 solves this by providing 10 times the computing power of previous mobile processors without consuming additional energy."
The K1 will also enable customizable digital dashboards created using NVIDIA's Material Definition Language. Users will be able to design the look of gauges, controls, and dials with the visual appearance of copper, titanium, carbon fiber, and other materials. Chief Executive Engineer Ricky Hudi of Audi described the relationship with NVIDIA saying, "Audi and NVIDIA have a long, deep partnership, in which we've utilized three generations of Tegra to bring industry-leading capabilities to the instrument cluster, infotainment and rear seat entertainment systems." The non-proprietary nature of the Tegra K1 will make future updates easy, allowing in-car computers to advance as software advances instead of being limited to stock software.