The in-vehicle telematics market in China is booming right now, according to IMS Research, but the next few years will be critical for future development of the market.
There are three main types of telematics systems in China – standalone systems like GM’s OnStar, embedded systems such as Toyota’s G-Book, and connected systems like Ford’s SYNC. Connected systems are the newest in the Chinese market, but they are forecast to grow more quickly than standalone or embedded systems due to their relatively low cost and the bridge they offer to connect smart phones to cars, which younger drivers value highly.
i.MX processors deliver infotainment/telematics system processing for more than 10 automotive OEMs
Freescale Semiconductor announced that GM has selected Freescale’s i.MX 6Solo as the primary processing engine for the next generation of GM’s OnStar telematics system. OnStar has used Freescale processors for 15 years.
Freescale said the security capabilities of the i.MX 6Solo were key to its selection. As the era of connected intelligence boosts the volume of data flowing into and out of automobiles, processors that help protect the security of data are increasingly vital.