More automakers are offering high-end information systems in their cars, spiking demand for infotainment modules in the electronics supply chain.
High-end applications, such as running smartphone applications on a dashboard console or dictating emails with voice commands, were previously limited to BMW, Mercedes, and other luxury brand cars. Now more advanced offerings have begun to trickle down into the mainstream car segment. Demand is ramping up from the likes of General Motors, Ford, Toyota, and Chrysler in the United States and PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Renault, and Volkswagen in Europe.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.