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.
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.