Low cost dashboard combines three displays

October 19, 2015 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
A free programmable instrument cluster, a head-up display and an infotainment system with touchscreen, all driven by one dual-core processor – this is all what is needed to implement a comprehensive dashboard solution. At the ELIV automotive electronics conference, SoC designer Socionext showcased such a solution.

The three displays are connected to the control unit through independent APIX links. This low-cost concept meets with the demand of the younger generation to connect their smartphones with the vehicle, the chip company said. Through a MirrorLink integration the system benefits from turning the smartphone with its significant computing resources into an automotive application platform. The apps are hosted and run on the smartphone while their user interface is outsourced to the vehicle’s infotainment system. Data relevant to the driver are captured and can be accessed even with disconnected smartphone, a contribution to lowering the overall cost of the system.

At the ELIV, the company also demonstrated its HD62 low-power SoC. Based on a quad-core ARM Cortex-A5, it processes a broad array of multimedia formats including MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, H.265(HEVC), VP8 SD/HD decoding, H.264 encoding, OpenGL ES2.0 3D engine and MediaLB. With the device the vendor targets in-car multimedia applications such as infotainment systems and TV reception units as part of rear-seat infotainment solutions. The system is automotive qualified according to AEC-Q100.

For more information visit www.socionext.com