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.
Broadcom’s wireless automotive portfolio consists of the BCM89335 5G WiFi/ Bluetooth Smart Ready combo chip and the BCM89071 Bluetooth + Bluetooth Smart Ready chip. Both are now sampling.
Broadcom said the chips will allow drivers and passengers to easily sync and stream content from mobile devices to the car’s infotainment system and rear-seat displays.
The chips will also enable high-speed connectivity beyond the vehicle, serving Internet and cloud content via LTE telematics or directly from a Hot Spot connection.
Gill will develop next-generation wireless power technology for the automotive and furniture industries
Gill Electronics, Inc. has signed an agreement with Qualcomm Incorporated for Gill Electronics to obtain rights to develop, manufacture, and sell wireless power products for the automotive and furniture industries.
The agreement covers wireless charging technology and the ability to charge multiple devices and device types simultaneously.
Total market worth $3.02B
Benefiting from its leadership position in AM/FM tuner and audio processing chips, NXP Semiconductors NV in 2012 retained its rank as the world’s top supplier of application-specific standard product (ASSP) semiconductors for the automotive infotainment market.
NXP last year posted automotive infotainment ASSP revenue of $459 million, giving it a market share of 15 percent, according to insights from a forthcoming report from the IHS Automotive and Telematics Service from information and analytics provider IHS. The company’s market share remained unchanged compared to 2011.
Inspired by Garmin’s avionics and marine technology, the K2 platform is said to turn the car dashboard into a digital cockpit that provides a safe and intuitive way to stay connected and access functions needed while on the road.
The K2 Platform is powered by the Jacinto 5-Eco processor and the OMAP 5™ platform from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI), which has a dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A15 foundation and multiple accelerators for high-performance, multimedia-rich infotainment features. The system is capable of driving multiple screens with high-resolution 3D graphics, which allows car manufactures to integrate infotainment options for backseat passengers. The K2 user interface is developed in HTML5, making it easy to customize for particular OEM brands.
A while back I met with the folks at TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) who are responsible for the VZ Navigator app on Verizon smartphones as well as navigation apps on myriad other smartphones. Networks in Motion launched the app in 2006 and TCS acquired them three years later. VZ Navigator uses Navteq maps but TCS can work with any map provider and otherwise customize a navigation app to suit a location or a customer.
And TCS has quite a prestigious customer base. Besides AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Metro PCS, QNX, and DENSO, customers include the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Special Operations Command, plus the U.S. State and Homeland Security departments.
Over-the-air firmware updates for car stereos are now available for Livio Connect API developers. Livio Connect connects apps to cars easily and quickly for vehicle OEMs, Tier 1 manufacturers, and approved third-party developers.
Livio Connect’s over-the-air firmware update allows automotive OEMs and developers to keep their existing infotainment systems up to date. Firmware updates are automatically downloaded to the smartphone. The smartphone then sends the firmware update to the stereo through a USB, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi connection. Consumers only need to click “Yes” on their stereo and Livio Connect does the rest.