SAN FRANCISCO—Nissan Motor Co. has selected Intel Corp.'s Atom as the processor to power its next-generation in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems on production vehicles beginning in 2013, Intel said Thursday (April 5).
Nissan's new IVI features a twin-display that was unveiled in the Infiniti LE, a luxury zero-emissions concept vehicle, at the New York International Auto Show Thursday. Infiniti is Nissan's luxury vehicle brand.
"Technology and vehicles are integral components of everyday life and by combining the two, we can we achieve a truly connected, mobile lifestyle," said Ton Steenman, vice president of Intel’s Intelligent Systems Group, in a statement.
Nissan selected Intel as a technology partner to jointly develop in-vehicle experiences designed to keep Nissan drivers and passengers informed and entertained while also providing optimal safety, according to Intel. Nissan's twin display will enable the driver to see vital traffic information and navigation while simultaneously delivering entertainment, such as movies, to passengers, Intel said.
Intel said it has a longstanding relationship with Nissan, including joint research through Intel Labs to explore new ways to customize applications and enhance mobile device connectivity in the car.The joint research focused on several areas of exploration, including mobile device-to-vehicle fusion, cloud-based services for vehicles and vehicle video surveillance via smartphones, as well as vehicle access and control via smartphones, Intel said.
This is note-worthy because the IVI systems were used to be dominated by either the proprietary architecture from Renesas, or the PowerPC architecture, or the ARM architecture. Nissan is a major vehicle and therefore represent the first major design win for the embedded x86 in the IVI applications. It was a public information that embedded Atom was designed into at least one IVI system in China last year.
what an absurd bit of non-news. why would it matter at all whether the inside of a component is one x86 processor or another? or even if it's x86 at all? the volume of this device is not trivial, but not really significant either in a market that sells many hundreds of millions of processors.
what part is this? Just a Atom proc or the hybrid part containing Atom proc and reprogrammable area in same package?
The implication would be very different from market's standpoint for the different parts.
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