Texas Instruments (TI) has announced a full system solution for connected automotive infotainment that combines automotive infotainment processors, wireless connectivity solutions, analog solutions and a software ecosystem to enable applications such as automotive infotainment head units, rear-seat entertainment devices, radio, and navigation tools.
“The road ahead is paved by the demands of on-the-go consumers who are already accustomed to always-connected, multimedia-rich lifestyles fueled by smartphones, tablets and other mobile products. Our full solution – complete with feature-rich processing, wireless connectivity and optimized software – helps automotive customers stay ahead of the curve with compelling, trusted products,” said Matthew Watson, product line manager, audio and infotainment, TI.
TI’s C6000 'Jacinto' automotive infotainment processors and automotive-grade OMAP mobile processors fuel visual computing and entertainment capabilities for drivers and passengers alike. They include dedicated 3D graphics accelerators and video co-processors that support full 1080p HD video playback and streaming, graphics and user interfaces, taking driving in-dash or rear-seat multimedia and multitasking experiences to the next level. The Jacinto automotive infotainment processors integrate a digital signal processor (DSP), enabling automotive original equipment manufacturers to add real-time radio, audio, speech and other innovative capabilities to applications.
TI’s OMAP processors’ have the performance and low-power capabilities for collecting and displaying information and multimedia in real time. The processors can handle the highest level of applications running in parallel, all within an extremely low power envelope,enabling car manufacturers to support various in-dash and passenger features through a single processor.
The Jacinto and OMAP processors support the industry’s most number of standards and codecs, including HTML5, giving automakers the flexibility to upgrade vehicle features and services during an automobile’s lifecycle. Customers can choose a C6000 Jacinto or OMAP processor based on the end application and the processing power needed, and benefit from software reuse between platforms if they develop on one TI processor and move to the other.
The car as a mobile hotspot
TI’s new, automotive-qualified WiLink 7.0 (WL128x-Q) and BlueLink 7.0 (BL6450-Q) combo connectivity solutions can be used for automotive designs. The WiLink 7.0 solution is the industry’s first and only to integrate Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and FM technologies in a true single chip for a variety of automotive connectivity options. The WiLink 7.0 solution’s i-Fi and Bluetooth coexistence allows multitasking for automobiles. For example, the chip can turn a car into a Wi-Fi hotspot, while managing Bluetooth technology phone streaming in parallel, with no connection breaks.
TI’s automotive infotainment solution is supported by an infotainment-specific software ecosystem, including multiple high-level operating systems and a developer network aimed at accelerating time to market and easing design cycles. This includes TI Developer Network member QNX Software Systems Limited.
Also, TI’s Linux In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) solutions provide an open source starting point for development on TI’s C6000 Jacinto automotive infotainment processors. With Linux IVI, developers can ntegrate World Radio with a Linux-based SDR and enable A/V playback (1080p HD video) and advanced graphics.