Intel ‘s broad hardware and software ecosystem, including members of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance, are mounting an ambitious bid to change the way automakers and first tier automotive OEM suppliers view infotainment solutions. And In the doing they are proving they have joined the big leagues of in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) technology development by deploying the industry’s most useful, accessible and innovative processor-based solutions.
Without delay, some for instances:
At the 2014 International l CES Intel showcased two new cars, the BMW i3 and the Infiniti Q50, featuring “Intel® Inside”. Intel is providing the processing performance to deliver a rich experience to the driver and passengers in the all-new Infiniti InTouch IVI system, featuring high end graphics on a touch-screen display. Infiniti InTouch gives vehicle operators and passengers the capability to connect with their car and the world around it, whether it’s keeping track of the vehicle when you’re not in the driver’s seat, finding the nearest café, or accessing a live Personal Assistant. InTouch mobile apps also allow you to stay connected to Facebook activity, listen to your favorite Pandora playlists, and access your contacts, calendar and email on the touchscreen display. The Infiniti InTouch system is the first system to feature the Intel logo on the start-up screen.
The Intel® powered Infiniti InTouch IVI gives vehicle operators and passengers the capability to connect with their car and the world around it
Intel technology also is used in BMW’s navigation system, part of BMW ConnectedDrive, for all its vehicle models, including the future iSeries of electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Here, Intel technology allows BMW ConnectedDrive to deliver a rich display screen interface and quick response times when interacting with applications, such as fast route calculation in complex navigation maps and the ability to transfer routes to the car’s navigation system from a PC, or access real-time traffic information.
At other industry exhibitions Intel has been demonstrating its Intel® AtomTM Processor E3800 peoduct family (code named “Bay Trail”) in IVI systems using a Tizen platform that connects smartphones to car navigation. Tizen IVI is an open platform designed specifically for the automotive market. It helps automakers integrate third-party vehicle applications that can span across multiple vehicle model lines and even across multiple manufacturers with capabilities such as news, real-time traffic information, navigation, on-demand multimedia streaming services, remote vehicle management, telephony, and other connected services.(For more on Tizen see “Roving Reporter: Steps Toward IVI Integration of Consumer Device and Automotive Systems Data )
Previously the company utilized the Intel ®AtomTM Processor E600 Series for these demos. In comparison to E600 the E3800 supports more power efficient graphics processing. The E3800 family of processors are based on the Silvermont microarchitecture, utilizing Intel’s industry-leading 22nm process technology with 3-D Tri-Gate transistors. This microarchitecture delivers significant improvements in computational performance and energy efficiency over Intel’s previous-generation CPU microarchitectures. It includes a new out-of-order execution engine that improves compute performance, and has excellent power management capabilities and enhanced security. Intel® Virtualization Technology increases virtualization performance by allowing the operating system more direct access to the hardware.
Among Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance members QNX Software Systems has announced it will support the new Intel® Atom™ processor E3800 product family. The Intel® AtomTM processor E3800 product family is the first to take advantage of Intel’s Gen 7 graphics, complementing QNX Software Systems’ graphics framework, tools, and runtime components for creating sophisticated displays that feature improved 2D and 3D graphics rendering with little CPU overhead. The new Bay Trail product can enhance animated text and graphics, facilitate camera use (increasingly popular in vehicles) and improve visual textures, transitions and other effects that are all glued together to achieve an immersive in-car experience. Other benefits include faster media conversions, stereoscopic 3D capabilities, highly efficient image processing, and enhanced HD video transcoding over HDMI.
The Intel® AtomTM processor E3800 product family is the first to take advantage of Intel’s Gen 7 graphics, complementing
QNX Software Systems’' graphics framework, tools, and runtime components.
Nexcom has built connectivity, computing, multimedia, vehicle data and Tizen IVI compatibility into its new in-vehicle computer designated VTC 1010-IVI. The device employs the Intel® Atom™ E3827 processor with integrated Intel® HD Graphics and has a built-in GPS and 9-axis sensors, and supports OBD II and CAN bus protocols to provide an attractive balance of performance and power consumption.
The E3827 delivers advanced compute, media, and graphical capabilities, reliability through virtualization an integrated memory controller and error correcting code (ECC) and a built-in security engine -- all on a sub-10-watt a thermal design power SoC. Placing a premium on connectivity, the VTC 1010-IVI is equipped with four mini-PCIe expansions to support 3G/4G networks, Wi-Fi tethering and Bluetooth pairing with mobile devices.
With the VTC 1010-IVI a connected vehicle can keep maps and points of interest data up to date, preload a route, provide turn-by-turn and dead reckoning navigation while offering streaming media contents and internet connection based on the individual passengers’ needs. The connected vehicle can also perform vehicle diagnosis and report to a cloud server to allow for real-time vehicle status check and remote vehicle control to facilitate vehicle ownership, or call first responders in case of an emergency. Furthermore, the VTC 1010-IVI keeps a connected vehicle protected with Intel® AES New Instructions technology to strengthen data security.
With its rich feature set and built-in robust nature, the Nexcom VTC 1010-IVI is a complete solution for developing the connected vehicle from concept all the way through to reality
To withstand the rigors of automobile environments, the VTC 1010-IVI in-vehicle computer is designed to ensure reliable operation even when exposed to temperatures ranging from -30°C to 70°C and resist vibration and shock based on the military standard 810G.
Wind River reports that the new Clarion AX1 automotive IVI device is utilizing its Android software. In addition to more traditional IVI features such as AM/FM radio, GPS navigation and Bluetooth streaming, the Android-based Clarion AX1 includes such features as: compatibility with Android smartphones/tablets and iOS devices (such as iPhones and iPads); Internet connectivity via smartphone tethering or mobile Wi-Fi devices and app store access for music and app downloads using the Infogo online music store; audio/video playback via USB and SD input; full 1080p HD video capability; a 6.5-inch capacitive multi-touch display; and rear camera input capability.
The new Clarion AX1 automotive IVI device uses Wind River’s Android software.
Mentor Graphics recently announced the latest release of its Mentor Embedded Automotive Technology Platform (ATP) for Linux based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system development. This GENIVI 5.0 compliant release facilitates development of user interfaces or HMIs similar to those seen in consumer electronics devices, with additional functionality added to graphics development and optimization. The GENIVI Alliance, of which Intel is a member, is a non-profit industry alliance committed to driving the broad adoption of IVI open-source development platform. By combining ATP with its recently announced Mentor Embedded Hypervisor, automotive OEMs can integrate functionality such as device connectivity on infotainment hardware system-on-chip (SoC) architectures while maintaining secure separation for key safety-related automotive systems.
The latest ATP release enables the use of the Mentor Embedded Sourcery Analyzer to profile the entire embedded IVI system, including use cases such as fast boot and graphics performance.
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