Toshiba Infotainment Companion Chip Supports High-Resolution Multimedia Connectivity, Camera Devices
October 24, 2014 by John Day
Toshiba Corporation introduced the TC358791XBG, an automotive companion chip created to drive high-resolution multimedia (audio, video) and camera connectivity for next-generation infotainment applications in the connected car.
Sample shipments have begun, with mass production scheduled to start in March, 2015.
The TC358791XBG can help reduce both time to market and overall system bill-of-materials costs for automotive infotainment systems.
The new chip supports the latest automotive Gigabit Ethernet AVB standard for applications such as front, rear and surround-view cameras, digital audio, and transferring high-resolution video content to head-unit and rear-seat entertainment systems.
Renesas Electronics said its new R-Car E2 automotive systems on chip (SoCs) and R-Car E2 software development board deliver optimized infotainment and display audio for entry-level integrated cockpit systems that support smartphone interoperability.
Together with other Renesas R-Car Series devices, the new SoC and software can help achieve the scalability required to bridge the full range of integrated cockpit systems from entry-level to high-end models.
Infotainment and Telematics Converging
“There is a shift taking place in the automotive industry, a convergence of infotainment and telematics technologies driven in part by user expectations for similar in-car and out-of-car connected experiences,” said Amrit Vivekanand, vice president of Renesas’ Automotive Marketing Unit.
At the SAE Convergence conference, Texas Instruments (TI) added two new Jacinto 6 infotainment processors – Jacinto 6 EP and Jacinto 6 Ex, alternatively designated DRA75x.
The new processors incorporate signal processing functionality allowing automakers to augment infotainment and also pair informational advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) features. With that combination, automakers can build cars with digital cockpit integration as well as traditional infotainment features without compromising performance.
The new processors were developed on the same architecture as other “Jacinto” devices, so customers can deliver a diverse portfolio of products with hardware and software compatibility, without significant increases in research and development or BOM (bill-of-materials).
Digitally Enhanced Power Analog Controllers from Microchip Offer Digital Power Supply Flexibility with Easy Analog Control Loops
They provide simple yet effective analog PWM control for DC-DC synchronous buck converters up to 40V, with the configurability of a digital MCU. And they are the industry’s first devices to combine 40V operation and PMBus™ communication interfaces.
“As an early implementer of ADI’s A²B, Panasonic Automotive found the technology to significantly reduce cabling complexity and associated cost and weight of next-generation infotainment systems, key areas of focus for Panasonic’s OEM customers”
Melexis Introduces 1.35Mpixel Automotive CMOS Image Sensor for Driver Assistance and Driverless Cars
• Moonless night conditions down to 0.005 lux (SNR1 illuminance)
• 125dB HDR output without additional ISP chip
• Reduced flicker effect of pulsing LED lights
• Extensive set of self-testing ASIL support functions for emerging safety systems
Melexis introduced its third generation of automotive image sensors – the MLX75421 Blackbird.
This automotive grade, high dynamic range (HDR) image sensor features an extensive set of on-chip functional safety (ASIL) support functions. It has been architected for automotive safety applications like automatic emergency braking (AEB), electronic mirrors/camera monitor systems (CMS) and autonomous evasive steering. The device is also highly optimized for next generation viewing applications like surround/rear view systems with object detection functions.
OmniVision’s OV10642 and OV10625 Enhance Automotive Applications With Best-In-Class Sensitivity and HDR
New Sensors Enable Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Such as Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Collision Avoidance
OmniVision Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: OVTI) announced the newest additions to its portfolio of OmniHDR™ automotive high dynamic range (HDR) sensors: the 1.3-megapixel OV10642 and the WVGA OV10625.
Both the OV10642 and the OV10625 deliver top-level sensitivity and HDR performance in their respective market segments. The sensors also use a special red-clear filter that is required for many forward-looking automotive applications. These benefits enable a host of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), including lane departure warning, blind spot detection and traffic signal detection, among others.
DesignWare STAR Memory System for Embedded Flash Reduces Test Cost by 20 Percent and Enables In-Field Diagnostics for IoT and Automotive SoCs
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) introduced the DesignWare® STAR Memory System® for Embedded Flash product, the industry’s first integrated memory test and repair solution with test algorithms optimized for on-chip embedded flash memories.
The DesignWare STAR Memory System is an automated pre- and post-silicon memory test, diagnostic and repair solution that enables designers to improve test coverage, reduce design time, lower test costs and maximize manufacturing yield.
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) introduced the FXTH87 tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) family, which is the smallest integrated package TPMS solution available at an extremely light weight of 0.3 grams.
The FXTH87 family is 50 percent smaller than competing products, helping designers reduce overall bill of materials costs. Freescale’s newest TPMS system-in-package solution provides low power consumption combined with the highest level of functional integration in one package, featuring a dual-axis accelerometer architecture, pressure and temperature sensor, integrated MCU, RF transmitter and low frequency receiver.
October 16, 2014 by John Day
Compact, scalable solution reduces board space by 73 percent, controls up to 96 high-brightness LEDs in innovative headlamps
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced what it described as the industry’s first fully integrated high-brightness LED matrix manager IC for adaptive automotive headlight systems.
The TPS92661-Q1 is a compact, scalable solution that enables automobile manufacturers to create innovative LED headlamps that vary beam patterns and intensity dynamically for optimum roadway illumination and enhanced driver safety. For more information, samples and evaluation modules, visit www.ti.com/tps92661-q1.
TI will demonstrate the TPS92661-Q1 in booth #217 at the SAE Convergence Conference and Exhibition in Detroit, Mich., Oct. 21-22.