The folks at Xilinx
have announced the availability of an integrated Xilinx Automotive (XA) field programmable gate array (FPGA) and intellectual property (IP) solution that is included in the Low-Power Intel In-Vehicle Infotainment Reference Design targeting automotive head units.
The combination of the XA solution and Intel Atom processor in the design provides system developers with improved levels of performance, scalability, and flexibility when developing open infotainment platforms. Demonstrations of the platform will debut at Telematics Detroit 2008 taking place on May 21-22, at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, Michigan.
This collaboration by Xilinx and Intel – and their respective ecosystem suppliers – addresses the growing demand for in-vehicle access to digital information and entertainment on par with what consumers have come to expect in their homes and offices.
As a member of the Intel Embedded and Communications Alliance, Xilinx works with Intel to provide mutual customers with complete, flexible automotive solutions that accelerate system development. This latest development effort couples the inherent flexibility and built-in connectivity capabilities of XA Spartan-3 generation FPGAs with the high performance, low power processing and surrounding ecosystem of the Intel Atom processor Z530 and Intel System Controller Hub US15W.
Robust development platform
The Low-Power Intel IVI Reference Design utilizes the XA Spartan-3E FPGA-based solution to extend the platform's flexibility and integrate many automotive-specific functions, such as video capture support and MOST network connectivity.
The solution incorporates multiple functions including SD 2.0 (including SDHC), Video frame grabber for camera inputs, Bluetooth connectivity, Low Pin Count interface for BIOS configuration, MOST connectivity with the LogiCORE NIC IP for MOST or Media Local Bus supporting an external network controller and Flash memory interface. These capabilities are geared for embedded systems within the vehicle central console, which typically encompasses navigation, entertainment, and Bluetooth wireless connectivity to portable devices.
The XA Spartan-3E FPGAs are delivered as part of Xilinx 'end-to-end' automotive solutions developed in collaboration with multiple leading automotive market members of the Xilinx Alliance program. XA solutions integrate the hardware and software components, including pre-verified Xilinx and third-party application-optimized IP building blocks, required to implement full-featured automotive subsystems that include vehicle networking based on MOST, FlexRay and CAN industry standards. In addition, XA programmable devices give developers architectural flexibility with the ability to determine system partitioning and target multiple end user specifications. This contrasts the limitations imposed on product development by the pre-defined architectures and features of existing application-specific standard part (ASSP) implementations.
The XA Spartan-3E FPGA-based companion chip solution for the Low-Power Intel IVI Reference Design will be available in July 2008. Click Here (Xilinx) and Here (Intel) for more information.