Qualcomm, Nvidia are driving us nuts – with silicon-brains-for-cars

Qualcomm and Nvidia have attempted to wow the world with new electronics aimed at making driving a bit less of a chore. San Diego-based Qualy has spread the word of its Snapdragon 820A – essentially the forthcoming Snapdrgaon 820 high-end smartphone system-on-chip tweaked to spruce up dashboards and back-of-headrest screens. It includes a 4G/LTE modem, an Adreno 530 GPU that can drive up to five displays, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It can output 4K video, and the modem supports category 12 speeds: 600Mbps down and 150Mbps up. The 820A family is supposed to be good at running software that detects objects, road lanes, and other vehicles, using computer vision – the ultimate aim is to provide some form of super-cruise-control. The chipset can handle four to eight cameras plus…


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