NVIDIA said its new Tegra® K1 mobile processor features a quad-core CPU and a 192-core GPU, uses the energy-efficient NVIDIA Kepler™ architecture, and runs automotive applications that had previously not been possible with such low power consumption.
Parallel Computing Platform
The Tegra K1 is also the first mobile processor to support CUDA®, the parallel computing platform at the heart of modern computer vision. In its automotive-grade form, the chip is hardened to withstand a wider range of temperatures and withstand harsher operating conditions.
Wind River® announced that Clarion Malaysia is using Wind River Android software and expertise in their new Clarion AX1 automotive in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) device.
Clarion Malaysia is a leading manufacturer of high-performance in-car entertainment systems. Wind River provided Clarion with a customized Android software platform and software integration services to develop a high-quality IVI device that delivers greater connectivity and multimedia capabilities.
In addition to more traditional IVI features such as AM/FM radio, GPS navigation and Bluetooth streaming, the Android-based Clarion AX1 includes:
- Wi-Fi connectivity and portable hotspot/tethering capabilities for Internet connectivity on-the-go.
XAV-602BT features smartphone connectivity and optional XA-NV300T GPS module With TomTom® navigation
Sony (www.sony.com/car) introduced the XAV-602BT smartphone-connected in-dash AV receiver, which it said makes it easier and more convenient to experience music, navigation and smartphone applications while in the car.
Sony also announced the optional XA-NV300T navigation module with access to TomTom®’s user interface and mapping technologies.
The XAV-602BT AV receiver features Sony-exclusive App Remote™ technology for Android™ and iOS® devices, unifying entertainment and control functions for a simplified driving experience. The App Remote feature combines music and select smartphone apps into a single source list that can be safely displayed and controlled directly from the receiver. App content is displayed on the smartphone while audio content plays through the speakers.
With the ongoing popularity of iOS devices, consumers increasingly desire a familiar consumer electronics experience wherever they go, including in the car.
PATEO is using Wind River Connectivity Solution Accelerator for Android to add iPod® connectivity capabilities to their Android-based IVI systems to access multimedia content from iOS devices.
A pioneer within the Chinese automotive industry, PATEO provides a variety of automotive technologies and solutions such as intelligent and connected car terminals and R&D platforms, and is a member of GENIVI® and the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC).
Molex Incorporated is offering a free app that gives tablet users ready access to information on over 90 different Molex product families.
“The Molex App offers new functionalities especially helpful to mobile users on the go,” says Brian Krause, vice president, global marketing and communications. “Recognizing the growing importance of the mobile workforce, we developed the Molex App to help ensure that customers, sales engineers and distribution partners in the field get the product support they need—when and where they need it most.”
CSR also launched the CSRC9300™, described as the first auto-grade chipset to combine Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® v4.0 connectivity with audio capabilities. The chipset will enable car manufacturers to deliver future connected car applications, such as Miracast over 5GHz, and keyless entry using Bluetooth v4.0.
The product allows drivers to track, locate, access, secure and monitor their select vehicles over the Verizon Wireless network using their current smartphone, tablet or computer. The product works in most vehicles sold in the United States from 1996 onward.
“Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi allows drivers the chance to experience unique telematics and location-based features without purchasing a new car,” said Jeff Owens, Delphi chief technology officer. “Offered together with Verizon Wireless, this product not only offers convenience and connectivity but also peace of mind. For example, drivers can use a smartphone, laptop or tablet as a key fob for their car when they are locked out – regardless of where they are.”
Shipments to exceed 62 million by 2018 as feature set explodes
ABI Research predicts that shipments of connected automotive infotainment systems will grow from 9 million in 2013 to more than 62 million in 2018 with connected navigation, multimedia streaming, social media, and in-car Wi-Fi hotspots becoming key features.
ABI Research VP and practice director Dominique Bonte comments, “Open platforms continue their march forward. While both the GENIVI consortium (open source common automotive infotainment reference platform) and the Car Connectivity Consortium (MirrorLink screen replication technology) somewhat struggle to find momentum, the car industry is now turning its attention to HTML5 and Android with both Renault (R-Link) and Volvo (Sensus Connected Touch platform based on Parrot’s Asteroid Smart) embracing (heavily) modified versions of the Android operating system.”
Hardware IP with a processing delay of 1 ms minimum targets real-time video transmission
Renesas Electronics Corporation has developed a multi-format video codec hardware IP product that supports low-delay processing for automotive information terminals that support High Definition Television (HDTV), as well as smartphones and other mobile devices, and industrial equipment.
News, entertainment, sports and talk radio content aggregator Stitcher Smart Radio has launched Stitcher Connect, described as talk radio’s first API developed for the car. The Stitcher Connect platform integrates the features of on-demand radio directly into the automobile and launches in Chevrolet’s Sonic and Spark models. Listeners can seamlessly access and discover over 10,000 shows on Stitcher in their car.
“Over a third of our listeners are currently using Stitcher in the car,” said Stitcher CEO Noah Shanok. “Generally, over 70 million users are using mobile devices while on the road. As we continue to make advancements, the in-car audio experience is becoming more seamless. The connected car is poised to eclipse the traditional radio dial.”