When the Tesla Model S debuted in concept form, there were a lot of things to catch your attention. Among them was the massive, 17-inch touchscreen mounted in the center console. Tesla hyped both it and the 12.3-inch LCD for the driver, which begged the question: What was going to power all those pixels?

The answer is NVIDIA's line of Tegra processors, which will be tasked with handling the infotainment, navigation and instrumentation systems when the Model S (supposedly) goes on sale sometime next year. And that's not the only major announcement from NVIDIA at this year's CES show.

The chip maker has entered into a partnership with BMW – and, by extent, Mini – to provide GPUs for every vehicle in the Bavarian's portfolio, from the Cooper to the 7 Series. NVIDIA claims that new chipsets will enable speedier graphics, a more rich, next-generation interface and a high resolution display of 1280x600 pixels. We'll be getting some hands on time with both systems later this week, so stay tuned for our first impressions.

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