Automotive OMAP processor enhances in-vehicle experience


Automotive OMAP processor enhances in-vehicle experience

Intended to enable enhanced in-vehicle entertainment and telematics functionality to automobiles, Texas Instruments introduced an automotive OMAP™ processor codenamed "Jacinto 6", a DRA74x processor that builds upon TI's proven OMAP 5 architecture. The device can 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 best-in-class performance capabilities. "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." DRA74x automotive OMAP processor 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 AEC Q100 qualification and wide-temperature support, 2x CAN, MOST Media Local Bus (MLB), PCIe, Ethernet AVB, 3.3V I/Os, and an optional 680 MHz floating-point VLIW DSP for integration of software defined radio, advanced audio and speech processing. Additional features include multiple high-definition camera and video input ports to enable next-generation surround-view camera and consumer devices, a robust software ecosystem, including support for QNX, open-source Linux, and Android, and pre-integration of TI's WiLink™ 8Q wireless automotive connectivity solutions The DRA74x "Jacinto 6" processor will sample in mid-2013 and is expected to be available for production by the second half of 2014. As with other OMAP processors, the DRA74x is intended for high-volume automotive manufacturers and is not available through distributors. Innovation at TI Texas Instruments