TI now sampling WiLink 8Q and Jacinto 6 automotive chips
June 7, 2013 by John Day
Texas Instruments (TI) has begun sampling the WiLink 8Q infotainment chips the company introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. TI is also sampling the DRA74x processor, code-named “Jacinto 6,” which it introduced at the same show.
Featuring multi-radio technology, the WiLink 8Q family provides cross platform scalability and can deliver in-car multimedia streaming video in parallel with Bluetooth hands-free calling and advanced audio distribution profile (A2DP) stereo sound.
With near field communications (NFC) for easy Wi-Fi and Bluetooth pairing, TI’s WiLink 8Q solutions are said to enable an easy connection between a smartphone or tablet and the automobile, providing a seamless user experience.
The WiLink 8Q family is designed for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™ operation. With an integrated power amplifier (PA) and complete software reuse across all family members, WiLink 8Q solutions provide a full range of products for wireless automotive infotainment, according to TI, including:
• Combo-connectivity system-on-chips (SoCs) with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support;
• More integrated combo-connectivity SoCs with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Bluetooth low energy and NFC, and
• Super-combo SoCs with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Bluetooth low energy, NFC, and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) support.
“The WiLink 8Q family takes our expertise in wireless connectivity and automotive applications to the next level with support of four different RF technologies on one SoC – a truly integrated approach to automotive infotainment,” said Mattias Lange, automotive connectivity product line manager, Wireless Connectivity Solutions.
The DRA74x processor (“Jacinto 6”) builds on TI’s OMAP 5 architecture to enable optimized automotive solutions, adding audio, analytics and radio accelerators, along with automobile interfaces and peripherals.
Integrating automotive interfaces with the processor architecture can decrease an automotive infotainment customer’s electronic bill of materials (BOM) by up to 25% or more, while delivering best-in-class performance capabilities, according to TI.
The DRA74x is designed to link people, their vehicles and the world around them via rich user interfaces, 3D navigation, real-time, high-definition, (HD) video and other interactive capabilities. It is intended to drive automotive infotainment performance to the next level.