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Ford infotainment system packs TI OMAP 5 processor

Posted: 14 Jan 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Texas Instruments  Ford Motor  processor  Bluetooth  GNSS 

Texas Instruments (TI) and Ford Motor Co. have forged a partnership to deliver an infotainment solution that promises to improve the way consumers interact with their vehicles. The latest Ford SYNC 3, a communications and entertainment system, features TI's OMAP 5 processor, a member of the "Jacinto" family of automotive processors, the WiLink 8Q platform, a single-chip combining high performance WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GNSS, as well as power management and FPD-Link III SerDes wired connectivity solutions, detailed the companies.

Together the TI devices claim to provide improved performance for enhanced voice recognition and navigation, quality hands-free Bluetooth connectivity, WiFi enabled software updates and enhanced driver interactivity.

TI's industry-leading technology enables Ford's SYNC 3 to be faster, more intuitive and easier to use for the driver.

As a member of TI's "Jacinto" processor family, the OMAP 5 platform promises unparalleled performance and improved user experience compared to other offerings available on the market, stated the company. Leveraging the latest generation ARM Cortex-A15 multicore CPUs and Imagination Technologies' POWERVR graphics cores, together with the highly-integrated WiLink 8Q wireless connectivity solution, Ford can offer a system with a snappy user interface and high quality multimedia in parallel to a premium connected car experience with WiFi, Bluetooth and accurate navigation data. To deliver high-definition video and audio to the colour touch screen, TI's FPD-Link III SerDes wired connectivity chipset provides the high-speed connection.

The OMAP 5 processor's 3D graphics acceleration creates a lifelike human machine interface (HMI) experience, boasting ultra-responsiveness for today's modern displays. A more conversational voice recognition experience is enabled through the use of high-performance, multicore ARM Cortex-A15s paired with TI's optimised memory interconnect technology.

TI's "Jacinto" family of automotive infotainment processors provide scalability and flexibility to meet the needs of Fords' SYNC 3 platform, designed to evolve features with drivers' demands. With ample performance "under the hood," Ford SYNC 3 leverages the WiLink 8Q's WiFi capabilities to enable consumers to seamlessly update software over the air, at home; more in line to processes consumers use with smartphones and tablets today.

With the industry's broadest portfolio of wireless connectivity solutions, the WiLink 8Q family leverages TI's history of delivering high-performance, robust and easy-to-use integrated connectivity solutions including leading Bluetooth and Wi-Fi coexistence technology and cutting-edge GNSS location performance. TI's complementary power management solutions provide the functions necessary to cut system-level power consumption, and the display and high-speed video interconnect technology of the FPD-Link III SerDes chipsets offers a wide range of interfaces and resolutions for processors and displays.

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