u-blox announced the ODIN-W160, a rugged multi-radio module for demanding industrial, vehicle, medical, and security applications.
“u-blox’ compact ODIN-W160 module is perfect for small sensor applications in rugged environments, where faultless operation 24/7 is a requirement,” says Herbert Blaser, VP of Short Range Radio at u-blox. “With this module, u blox customers can shorten their product development cycle significantly by integrating a robust, certified communication solution in their IoT applications.”
ODIN-W160 supports dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4/5GHz (U-NII bands 1, 2, 2e, 3), as well as dual-mode Bluetooth v4.0, which includes Bluetooth low energy and Classic Bluetooth (Bluetooth “Smart Ready”).
Toshiba will focus on development and sales expansion of automotive and medical imaging sensors, in addition to sales expansion with Chinese smartphone manufacturers based on the BSI (backside illumination image sensor) technology and technologies that realize high sensitivity and speed.
The current image sensor market is mainly for smart phones and digital cameras and has a scale of approximately 800 billion yen. Future growth is expected on such factors as expansion to automotive applications and bringing higher performance levels to existing applications.
In a climate of high consumer demand for increasing levels of technology in new vehicles audio, communication, entertainment and navigation (ACEN) systems are the most problematic component category in today’s new vehicles, according to the J.D. Power 2014 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study.
The study measures the experiences and opinions of vehicle owners regarding the quality, design and features of their ACEN systems in the first 90 days of ownership. Multimedia system quality is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.
Based on Texas Instrument’s 1 GHz Sitara™AM335x ARM Cortex-A8, the VAR-SOM-AM3_V2 targets automotive applications in addition to those in other industries. Connectivity features in the new version are based on TI’s FCC/CE certified dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with optional MIMO and Bluetooth 4.0 / BLE that can achieve effective bit rates of 100 Mbps, together with extended wireless range.
At Telematics Detroit, Texas Instruments (TI) announced the mass production of the WiLink™ 8Q family, which the firm describes as the world’s most advanced automotive-grade wireless connectivity devices.
The “all in one,” AEC-Q100-qualified chip offers integrated Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, Bluetooth low energy and GPS/GNSS technologies – a complete wireless connectivity experience for automotive infotainment systems.
At Telematics Detroit Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the DRA72x “Jacinto 6 Eco,” the newest system-on-chip (SoC) in the Jacinto family. The company said the SoC brings feature-rich, yet cost-effective in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and telematics features to the next generation of entry- to mid-level cars. Those features include high-integrity audio, simultaneous multimedia streaming, and device connectivity.
CSR plc announced that JVCKENWOOD has selected CSR’s aptX® codec for use in its in-vehicle infotainment systems.
It’s the first automotive implementation for the aptX codec, which CSR said is currently in millions of Bluetooth® enabled mobile devices, including 70% of Android handsets.
The codec supports CD-like audio quality. JVCKENWOOD will integrate aptX into 13 of its automotive infotainment products, including navigation and DVD systems.
“Consumers are increasingly using their mobile devices to bring their favorite audio content into the vehicle and they expect to be able to stream it to the head unit without compromising on audio quality,” says Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR.
Car connectivity, advanced driver safety and infotainment features are moving beyond the luxury class and are fast becoming the new battleground for product differentiation in the highly competitive automotive market. Analysts predict that by 2025, 100 percent of new cars will offer some form of connectivity1 and automakers are looking to the latest technologies to deliver the advanced features consumers demand. Here we take a look at the top five technologies playing a key role in the connected car.
1. Seamless Connectivity with Mobile Devices via Wi-Fi
CSR Synergy® software will come pre-integrated in upcoming releases of Mentor Graphics’ GENIVI Linux compliant Automotive Technology Platform (ATP) to provide a complete software solution for wireless connectivity technologies including Bluetooth®, Bluetooth Smart, and Wi-Fi®.
The partnership will deliver an automotive grade connected platform for developing in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) solutions. It enables systems with features such as in-car Internet, smartphone tethering via Mirrorlink, hot-spot support via Wi-Fi, wideband hands-free calling and CD-like audio streaming via aptX® over Bluetooth, in addition to Bluetooth Smart support for emerging use cases such as keyless entry and temperature and pressure sensors.
ABI Research forecasts that the revenues from main processors shipped in OEM-installed connected car telematics systems will increase from around $360 million at the end of 2012 to $1.6 billion globally by the end of 2020.
The firm notes that developments in the smartphone world are revolutionizing consumers’ in-car expectations and creating growth opportunities for silicon providers offering automotive grade products capable of meeting the rigorous demands of the automotive industry.
Fast processors, excellent graphics
Next-generation infotainment systems will have advanced navigation systems and highly responsive Human-Machine-Interfaces which will require fast processors with excellent graphics capabilities to quickly render real-time directions and traffic conditions in 3D.