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TMCNet:  Texas Instruments introduces new automotive OMAP processor

[January 09, 2013]

Texas Instruments introduces new automotive OMAP processor

Jan 09, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Texas Instruments Incorporated, or TI, a semiconductor manufacturer, has introduced an automotive OMAP processor, codenamed Jacinto 6, the new DRA74x processor, built to bring in-vehicle entertainment and telematics functionality to automobiles.

The DRA74x processor builds upon 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 performance capabilities.

With the OMAP 5 architecture at its foundation - including dual ARM Cortex-A15 cores, dual Cortex-M4 cores and multi-Imagination Technologies' POWERVR SGX544-MPx graphics cores - the latest DRA74x (Jacinto 6) processor increases ARM CPU performance up to five times and graphics (GPU) performance close to seven times as compared to the previous Jacinto 5 offering.

It also adds the following elements to the OMAP 5 processor foundation, to address specific automotive-infotainment needs; AEC Q100 qualification and wide-temperature support; automotive interfaces of 2x CAN, MOST Media Local Bus (MLB), PCIe, Ethernet AVB, 3.3V I/Os; optional 680 MHz floating-point VLIW DSP for integration of software defined radio, advanced audio and speech processing; multiple high-definition camera and video input ports to enable next-generation surround-view camera and consumer devices; software ecosystem, including support for QNX, open-source Linux, and Android; and pre-integration of TI's WiLink 8Q wireless automotive connectivity solutions.

"Today's consumers expect always-on connectedness, with information and entertainment at their fingertips in every environment - at work, at home, at play and on the road," said Curt Moore, general manager of automotive for TI's OMAP product line. "Jacinto 6 links people, their vehicles and the world around them via rich user interfaces, 3D navigation, real-time, high-definition, (HD) video and other interactive capabilities. With TI infotainment processors designed into more than a dozen automobile manufacturers delivering feature-rich infotainment systems, TI is excited to work with our customers to drive automotive infotainment performance to the next level with Jacinto 6." Republication or redistribution, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without prior written consent. Datamonitor shall not be liable for errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon

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