Tesla’s Model S (or a wrecked one) got the IHS Supply teardown treatment and if you are wondering what makes the car tick, it is a worthy watch/read (PDF). Notably Tesla “really wanted to do things differently and employed virtual controls—rather than physical knobs and buttons—to take over the user experience. This approach required a major investment in big displays and touch panels, similar to the approach Apple took when designing the iPhone and iPad.”

It is no secret the NVidia processor runs the display and the center stack. Other notables:

INNOLUX CORP (Chi Mei) Display – Premium Media Control
NVIDIA CORPORATION Visual Computing Modules – Media Control and Instrument Cluster
JAPAN DISPLAY INC Display – Instrument Cluster
TPK Holdings Touchscreen – Premium Media Control
S1NN GMBH Audio Amplifier PCBA and separate amp module for sound system
FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR INC MCUs – In Assorted modules
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC Assorted Analog, Logic, and Specialized IC Content in multiple modules
SIERRA WIRELESS / QUALCOMM Wireless module / chipset
ST MICROELECTRONICS Audio Amplifiers and assorted integrated circuits in multiple modules
ALTERA CORP FPGA – in Premium Media Control Unit
PARROT Combo Module (BT and WLAN)
SK HYNIX INC DRAM and NAND Flash in NVidia Visual Computing Modules
LINEAR TECHNOLOGY CORP Power management Ices in multiple modules
CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORP Touch Controller ICs for large format capacitive touchscreen
INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG Assorted IC Content
ANALOG DEVICES INC Assorted IC Content
MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INC Assorted IC Content

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