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Founded in 1993 by Jen-Hsun Huang, Chris Malachowsky, and Curtis Priem, NVIDIA has been constantly busy revolutionizing computing technology. In 1999, NVIDIA established itself as a dominant tech company by inventing the GPU and advancing high performance computing. NVIDIA products can now be found in many mobile devices including electronic car systems. With the release of the Jetson Automotive Development Platform from NVIDIA, developers and companies will now be capable of creating next generation automotive computer systems.
The Jetson is designed to be configured based on individual auto manufacturer's needs. It also conveniently fits right into a standard car's stereo slot to simplify prototyping. Using Jetson, developers will now have the power of parallel computing with CUDA-capable GPUs along with energy efficient system on chip constructions. Within its compact construction developers can find: the main circuit board including a Tegra VCM with an automotive grade Tegra 3 mobile processor, an embedded breakout board with lots of connectivity options, NVIDIA CUDA-capable GPU, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules along with GPS antennas, a 64 GB mSATA drive, touchscreen display and cables, and a power supply with connectivity cables.
Combining all the available tech, Jetson provides a wide range of applications it can support. For example, it is capable of supporting next generation vehicle infotainment systems while also allowing developers to access computer vision capabilities. Advanced Driver-Assitance Systems (ADAS) can be created, which can be capable of traffic sign recognition, blind spot detection, night vision, assisted parking, and driver-alertness monitoring. If that hasn't been enough features for you, Jetson will also support Android and Linux operating systems.
Some of the early units are already being used by companies while others are now available to purchase the development platform. Auto companies such as Tesla Motors, Audi, and Volkswagen already have incorporated NVIDIA technology into their cars, but as car's systems progress we may see NVIDIA technology more common place among auto manufacturers. We may have cars driving themselves sooner than some expected.
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