MUNICH--Infineon Technologies AG today introduced a dedicated telematics controller for information and entertainment applications in consumer systems and automobiles. The "infotainment" telematics controller is based on Infineon's 32-bit TriCore Unified Processor.
Infineon said the 256-pin TC1920 is the first system-on-chip design to combine microcontroller, digital signal processor (DSP) functionality, telematics-specific peripherals, and speech processing circuits on an IC. The 32-bit telematics controller is aimed at automotive navigation platforms, Internet radios, multimedia systems, and emergency assistance products in vehicles.
The Munich-based chip maker said it has formed strategic relationships with leading software providers to optimize products for infotainment applications, based on the TriCore. The 32-bit Tricore architecture is designed to handle both microcontroller and DSP functions.
In Sweden, for example, Infineon is working with Mecel AB, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delco Electronics Corp., to address applications with Bluetooth short-range radio-frequency connections of infotainment systems. Infineon said it is working with Trimble Navigation Ltd. in Sunnyvale, Calif., to offer global positioning system (GPS) technology, using the TC1920 telematics controller.
Infineon is also collaborating with Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products N.V. in Belgium on speech-processing support. Speech-processing software is also available from Fonix Corp. in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sensory Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif., according to Infineon.
The TC1920 controller is fabricated with 0.18-micron process technology. Samples are available in plastic ball-grid array (PBGA) with 256 contacts. In quantities of 100,000, the controller sells for less than $20 each.