Until now, technical testing of the image display with APIX3-compatible components was only possible with a special developer board from the APIX semiconductor manufacturer Inova Semiconductors. It was not possible to use this board as a stand-alone solution as it required an additional computer to be set up and configured for each specific application, which was a cumbersome process.
The converter now developed by ARRK, in contrast, uses a customizable firmware to enable simple analysis of APIX3 displays and easy debugging of components. With its compact design, the platform also offers new possibilities for rapid prototyping of HMI concept ideas.
“We’ve developed the prototype of an HDMI-APIX3 converter for user-friendly testing of APIX3 displays,” says Bernd Schmieder, development engineer at ARRK Engineering. “The result is a practical box that, despite its small dimensions, simulates all of the necessary functions of the original image source.” The new APIX3 converter from ARRK avoids the complexity of setting up a test environment. The converter can be quickly and easily adapted to any vehicle and enables the display of video signals from any HDMI source on APIX3-compatible display devices.