At their press event at the CES 2016 Qualcomm has now announced that their Snapdragon 602A processors have been selected for luxury car maker Audi's 2017 vehicles.
Announced at CES in January 2014, the Snapdragon 602A is Qualcomm's first automotive grade infotainment chipset which is designed to meet stringent automotive industry standards while delivering advanced smartphone-quality connectivity, infotainment, navigation, voice quality and control features in cars.
"Audi has always been on the forefront of connected vehicle technologies, first highlighting the potential for LTE connectivity in vehicles at CES 2012 and being the first automaker to announce a commercial model with embedded 4G LTE connectivity," said Ricky Hudi, Executive Vice President, Electronic Development, AUDI AG. "Now, with Qualcomm Technologies' Snapdragon 602A, we are well positioned to provide today's most cutting-edge connected vehicle technologies."
The automotive grade infotainment chip contains a quad-core Qualcomm® Krait CPU, Qualcomm® Adreno 320 GPU, Qualcomm® HexagonTM DSP, integrated GNSS baseband processing and additional high-performance audio, video and communication cores. The processor pairs with Qualcomm's leading edge Snapdragon MDM modem roadmap to offer a comprehensive connected experience.
Just to recall Qualcomm Technologies has been committed to Audi's mission of delivering the leading in-car media experience, advancing the automotive industry with the 2013 Audi A3 with 4G LTE wireless connectivity powered by Qualcomm Technologies' second-generation multi-mode 3G/4G LTE chipset. The chipset provided enhanced features such as an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, Internet radio, web services and an augmented navigation system that presents street level visual imagery streamed to the vehicle. Prior to that, the 2010 Audi A8 models featured 3G connectivity enabled by Qualcomm.
"This announcement builds on our longstanding relationship with Audi, with whom we've been advancing the automotive industry for many years," said Patrick Little, Senior Vice President and General Manager, automotive, Qualcomm Inc. "Audi is committed to delivering high-quality connectivity and infotainment experiences to their discerning customers and we are pleased to work with them to integrate the Snapdragon 602A to do just that."
For those unaware Qualcomm has been embedding its in-vehicle technologies with leading automakers for more than a decade, with more than 20 million vehicles deployed globally with Snapdragon LTE modems. Besides that the company is currently involved in automotive programs with most major global OEMs, covering technologies such as connectivity, infotainment, navigation, driver safety and Qualcomm HaloTM wireless electric vehicle charging.
At the CES 2016 Qualcomm has chosen the Audi Q7 to showcase the integration of their latest innovations in technology onto the dashboard of a car like the Audi.