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).
The Mustang Owner app is available on both Android and iOS platforms, and provides Mustang owners with detailed information about the car’s features and capabilities.
Making use of an augmented reality feature, app users will be able to scan various interior and exterior shots of the new Ford Mustang to learn more about the function of components and other details.
Content within the app is searchable to make relevant information easy to access. There are Mustang trivia, wallpapers and ringtones, as well as links for accessories, apparel and social media websites.
VOXX Electronics Corp (VEC) has begun shipping the Android Tablet Vehicle Entertainment System, which includes an Android tablet, universal seatback mount system & accessories for both in car and portable use.
The Google Certified 8-inch Android Tablet quickly converts to a secure in-vehicle rear seat entertainment system (RSE) using a unique mounting mechanism that mounts to the headrest posts. It also doubles as a charger, charging the tablet when docked.
“With its unique mounting system that attaches to the headrest posts this Android tablet vehicle entertainment system gives users the best of both worlds – a portable Android tablet for use anywhere that also quickly converts to an ‘installed’ rear seat entertainment system,” said Tom Malone, President of VOXX Electronics Corporation.
Pioneer will license Abalta Technologies’ WEBLINK® for inclusion with Pioneer’s in-vehicle multimedia product line. The first products with WEBLINK® technology will be available before the end of the year.
With WEBLINK®, Pioneer car electronics customers can connect their smartphone via USB for easier set up and eliminate the need to purchase additional cables. The first products with WEBLINK® technology will be available before the end of the year.
Michael O’Shea, President and CEO of Abalta Technologies, said, “Pioneer is the global leader in the automotive aftermarket industry and their decision to use WEBLINK® strongly validates our technology.”
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. released a an Apple CarPlay-compatible firmware update for five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers and also introduced the CarPlay-compatible fourth generation AppRadio (SPH-DA120).
Pioneer’s CarPlay-compatible in-dash receivers offer consumers the ability to upgrade the vehicles they already own to the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone® in the car. Consumers with the latest version of iOS on their iPhone 5 or later, including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, can use Siri® voice control to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text messages, access Apple Maps for navigation, and listen to their music libraries, podcasts and iTunes Radio.
ams AG (SIX: AMS) released the AS3911 NFC development kit and interface software stack, which provide a blueprint for an NFC (Near Field Communication) implementation in any microcontroller-based system.
NFC has proven its popularity with consumers in applications such as contactless payments, and many OEMs are looking to add value to electronics products by providing a simple, secure, wireless NFC interface between a microcontroller and the outside world.
OEM rear-seat entertainment shipments have only reached an estimated 2.9 million in 2014. Furthermore, aftermarket devices have not fared too well either; shipments in 2014 are estimated to be 3.5 million globally. However, there is hope that this stagnant market will prosper once more in the form of bring your own device (BYOD) i.e. tablets, smartphones, gaming devices, and other portable media players. Consumers have moved on from DVD and Blu-ray players and therefore so too must rear-seat entertainment.
Expanded Automotive Electronics Design Portfolio Has Potential to Reduce Time to Start of Production (SOP)
Mentor Graphics Corporation has acquired XS Embedded GmbH (XSe), a technology leader in the creation of automotive system architectures and hardware reference platforms.
XSe has over ten years of direct experience in the automotive electronics design industry across twenty automotive programs that combine hardware and software expertise. It brings a pioneering approach to accelerate system design and verification by providing automotive-grade hardware and software to reduce the time to start of production (SOP).
The Connected Car Begins to Take Shape
The Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) — a coalition of tech companies and auto industry leaders committed to bringing the Android platform to cars — welcomed new members:
-- Alpine -- JVCKENWOOD -- Renault
-- Bentley -- LG -- Renesas
-- Clarion -- Maserati -- SEAT
-- CloudCar -- Mazda -- Skoda
-- Delphi -- Mitsubishi -- Subaru
-- FIAT Chrysler -- Nissan -- Suzuki
-- Freescale -- Panasonic -- Symphony Teleca
-- FUJITSU TEN -- Parrot -- Volkswagen
-- HARMAN -- Pioneer -- Volvo
The new members join OAA founding members Audi, GM, Google, Honda, Hyundai, and NVIDIA. The goal of the Alliance is to bring all of the benefits users have grown to love about Android into their cars, creating a safer and more convenient way to check the traffic, map out a route, or pick a playlist.
Additional updates to Platform for Infotainment include availability on new reference hardware and work with ecosystem collaborators to further grow capabilities such as enhanced data connectivity.