By Dave Lewis, Automotive Analog Marketing Manager, Texas Instruments
Single-pair Ethernet is currently being deployed in automobiles over unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable. Ethernet shows great promise as an in-vehicle networking technology for the connected car due to its ubiquity, tools, modularity, and IP support.
Siano and Audiovox co-developed an in-car mobile DTV tuner that delivers Live Mobile TV content to rear-seat entertainment systems. The tuner, on display at the Audiovox Electronics booth at CES 2013, uses Siano’s ATSC-MH receiver chip and a software player. The product will be sold via Audiovox’s distribution channels, including 12-volt retailers and expeditors who service new car dealers in addition to their OE customers.
Audiovox Electronics Corporation (AEC) will produce a custom headrest system that brings full function Android technology through local hotspot Wi-Fi connection to their custom headrest, rear seat entertainment (RSE) product line.
SMSC said Daimler AG has selected SMSC’s Kleer® wireless audio technology as part of the rear seat entertainment system for 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class models, which also feature the MOST® multimedia networking standard.
To meet the space, cost and performance challenges of sophisticated graphic systems, Fujitsu has integrated Inova Semiconductors GmbH’s APIX® high-speed serial interface into its graphics display controllers.
Fujitsu Microelectronics introduces graphics SoC for in-vehicle video, audio applications in the Americas
Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) has introduced the MB86R02 “Jade D” System on Chip (SoC), which incorporates the Fujitsu MB86296 “Coral” graphics processor unit (GPU) with a 32-bit ARM926EJ-S™ CPU core.
The 2010 Volvo XC70 features an Internet-connected rear seat entertainment (RSE) system with Windows XP, Wi-Fi, and a 500GB hard drive. Demonstrated at the Chicago Auto Show, the RSEi-500™ will allow passengers to surf the Internet and download applications to personalize their Volvo to their lifestyle. Passengers can use the system’s touch screen to select video and download music. The RSEi-500 will also allow customers to connect their vehicle to their home computer and transfer video, audio, and other home data content to the vehicle’s onboard computer.
NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. said its ultra low-power Au1300® Alchemy® processor has been selected by LG Electronics for LG’s automotive infotainment solutions, which include built-in audio/video navigation for dashboard and rear-seat entertainment systems.
By Thomas Dannemann, Technical Marketing Manager, STMicroelectronics (firstname.lastname@example.org)