Toshiba Infotainment Companion Chip Supports High-Resolution Multimedia Connectivity, Camera Devices

October 24, 2014  by  

toshiba 10-24-14Toshiba 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.

NXP Pushes Car-to-X market with New RoadLINK Solution

June 16, 2014  by  

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NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced that the TEF510x, a dual radio multi band RF transceiver for Car-to-X (C2X) applications, is now available to automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1 suppliers for design-in.

Supporting global C2X and Wi-Fi standards, the TEF510x provides an optimized solution to meet 802.11p modem functionality on one chip. The chip has the flexibility to support global deployments and various system configurations.

FUJITSU TEN Develops English Version of ECLIPSE Navigation Unit

February 17, 2014  by  


FUJITSU TEN LIMITED has developed a prototype English version of its Interactive Voice-Recognition Car Navigation Unit.

Development partners include Nuance Communications, iNAGO, and ANIMO.

A system providing the same type of search has been released in Japan under the ECLIPSE brand.

The prototype English unit uses a smartphone app and a central server to perform searches. Users can add conditions while conversing with the unit, which understands the context and updates the search accordingly. There is little need for the driver to check the display screen.

Mitsubishi Electric’s “Ultra-simple” HMI

February 10, 2014  by  


Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced an “Ultra-simple” human-machine interface (HMI) that predicts a car driver’s needs for the safe and easy operation of vehicle equipment in one or two steps and no more than 15 seconds.

Mitsubishi Electric’s HMI technology bases its predictions on operational history and current conditions to minimize the steps and time required to operate the vehicle’s four primary on-board devices –navigation system, phone, air conditioner, and audio-visual equipment.

Operational history covers past destinations and routes, searches and in-car device usage. Current conditions include car location, speed, fuel level and other driving conditions and current traffic, school zones and other road conditions.

Mentor Automotive Technology Platform Release Supports IVI SoCs

January 15, 2014  by  


Mentor Graphics Corporation announced the latest release of its Mentor Embedded Automotive Technology Platform (ATP) for Linux based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system development. 

The new ATP release has achieved GENIVI 5.0 compliance for the Freescale i.MX6, Texas Instruments OMAP5 and Renesas Marzen H1, and is fully Yocto Project 1.5 compliant.

 “The latest ATP release supports leading IVI SoCs and adds unique instrumentation and profiling from the kernel to graphics layers,” said Glenn Perry, general manager of the Embedded Software Division of Mentor Graphics, “Our experience working with Tier One suppliers drove us to simplify profiling of Linux based IVI systems and the identification of bottlenecks by developing instrumentation in the kernel and graphics layers.”

HARMAN Announces HTML-5-Based Infotainment Platform

January 10, 2014  by  


HARMAN announced an HTML-5-based in-vehicle infotainment platform for rapid development of connected car apps and protection against cyber security threats.

Separate computing domains in a type 1 hypervisor secure critical vehicle functions from errant or malicious software for “automotive grade” robustness that, according to HARMAN, is the first of its kind in the industry.

The architecture also integrates advanced driver assist functions such as Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and other safety features into the infotainment system to bring sensor-based safety features to a wide range of vehicles through a higher level of system integration.

Airbiquity Names Choreo Infotainment Content Providers

January 7, 2014  by  


Airbiquity, Inc. announced the launch of applications from three content providers on its Choreo private cloud connected vehicle services platform: iHeartRadio, Google and Facebook.

Airbiquity said it integrates each content provider into the Choreo platform and vehicle in a way that mitigates driver distractions while providing personalized content delivery for the driver.

For example, Airbiquity leveraged Facebook’s developer APIs to create an in-dash application that enables Facebook users to see their personal News Feed in the head unit of their car, and be able to check-in and post status updates without having to touch their smartphone while inside the vehicle.

Chevrolet Announces AppShop & 4G LTE

January 6, 2014  by  


Chevrolet made two significant announcements at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show.

It introduced Chevrolet AppShop, which allows owners to view all available apps through an icon displayed on the MyLink screen, download the apps they want directly to the vehicle, and then organize, update or delete them; essentially, smartphone-like functionality.

Chevrolet also announced a high-speed data capability via an OnStar 4G LTE connection in the vehicle running on AT&T’s network.

Qualcomm Introduces Snapdragon Infotainment Chipset

January 6, 2014  by  


Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. introduced an automotive-grade infotainment chipset, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 602A applications processor with a quad-core Krait™ CPU,  Adreno™ 320 GPU, Hexagon™ DSP, integrated GNSS baseband processing and additional high-performance audio, video and communication cores.

The Snapdragon 602A processor is designed to meet automotive industry standards for temperature, quality, longevity and reliability and is AEC-Q100 compliant.

The Snapdragon 602A processor is pre-integrated with Qualcomm Gobi™ 9×15 multimode 3G/4G-LTE and QCA6574 Qualcomm VIVE™ 2-stream, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE 4.0-based modules to provide integrated connectivity options for connected infotainment systems.

Newest Jungo Multimedia Middleware Now on TI DRA74x (Jacinto 6)

January 3, 2014  by  


Jungo Connectivity Ltd announced the availability of its MediaCore version 4.5 on the DRA74x (Jacinto 6) platform from Texas Instruments and said a number of automotive customers have already selected the MediaCore solution on TI platforms.

The DRA74x Jacinto 6 is the most recent generation of TI’s OMAP, a system-on chip designed for multimedia applications running in automobiles. Porting MediaCore 4.5 to Jacinto 6 allows the companies to benefit from future opportunities in the In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) market.

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