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.

Abalta Integrates WEBLINK with Green Hills INTEGRITY IVI Platform

January 3, 2014  by  


Abalta Technologies and Green Hills Software have partnered to integrate Abalta’s connected car solution, WEBLINK, into Green Hills in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) platform, based on the INTEGRITY® real-time operating system.

“Our automotive customers are demanding smartphone-agnostic car connectivity solutions in their next-generation IVI platforms and WEBLINK offers the most flexible approach of any brought-in smartphone solution today,” said Dan Mender, VP business development at Green Hills Software.

“Supporting the broadest range of mobile operating systems is paramount for in-vehicle smartphone integration. WEBLINK is clearly the leader in this domain. Furthermore, the international language support provided by WEBLINK enables the combination to scale across multi-national car markets,” Mender added.

Fortemedia Launches Integrated Voice Processor for Automotive Applications

December 30, 2013  by  


Fortemedia Inc. announced what it terms a highly integrated voice processor for automotive applications, the FM1388.

High quality voice communication in a car is a challenging problem, according to the company, due to  factors including microphone positioning, sensitivity, and transient vehicle noises such as road bump, wind, rain, wiper noise in addition to semi-constant noises such as AC, heater and fan noise.

Fortemedia’s FM1388 mixed signal voice processor has advanced voice signal enhancement capabilities that are tested and specifically developed and applied towards automotive applications since the audio ambience is quite different from the traditional office or conference room.

Broadcom Bluetooth Stack for In-car Android Connectivity

December 5, 2013  by  


Broadcom Corporation announced a new Automotive Bluetooth® software stack, enabling seamless in-car connectivity with Android-powered devices. 

As an extension to the company’s Bluetooth software stack (Bluedroid) contribution to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), Broadcom’s Android Automotive Bluetooth software ensures seamless, end-to-end interoperability between in-car applications and mobile Android devices.

Android has captured ~80 percent market share in global smartphone shipments, according to International Data Corp. (IDC) and demand for automotive device connectivity is on the rise.

RealVNC device gains MirrorLink 1.1 certification

December 4, 2013  by  


A RealVNC MirrorLink 1.1 device has been certified by the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC). Tom Blackie, RealVNC Vice President, Mobile, said the device is the first to gain CCC certification.

The implementation is a fully certified MirrorLink 1.1 Server for Android, running on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus device.  The CCC has selected this as a mandatory device for IOP testing of MirrorLink 1.1 Clients.

RealVNC makes this reference implementation available to the CCC Approved Test Laboratories (ATLs) for certification testing as well as to its own OEM customers and to other CCC members.

Huawei Unveils 4G LTE-enabled Automotive Module

December 4, 2013  by  


Huawei unveiled its HUAWEI ME909T, a 4G LTE-enabled mobile broadband (MBB) automotive module that supports web surfing, data analysis and information transmission within vehicles.

“According to (the analyst firm) Enfodesk, all vehicles will be installed with telematics by 2022, and with the HUAWEI ME909T we are in prime position to cater to this global trend,” said Steven Lau, Vice President of Huawei Mobile Broadband Product Line.

“The HUAWEI ME909T delivers 4G LTE connectivity at top speeds while on the road, and is just one more way in which we are bringing the benefits of technology to people anywhere, anytime.”

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