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TI Launches 'Jacinto 6' Automotive OMAP Processor
[January 10, 2013]

TI Launches 'Jacinto 6' Automotive OMAP Processor

Jan 10, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced that it introduced an automotive OMAP processor built to bring in-vehicle entertainment and telematics functionality to automobiles.

According to a release, codenamed "Jacinto 6," the new DRA74x processor builds upon TI's OMAP 5 architecture to enable optimized automotive solutions, adding audio, analytics and radio accelerators, along with automobile interfaces and peripherals. Integrating automotive interfaces with the processor architecture can decrease an automotive infotainment customer's electronic bill of materials (BOM) by up to 25 percent or more, while delivering performance capabilities.

"Today's consumers expect always-on connectedness, with information and entertainment at their fingertips in every environment at work, at home, at play and on the road," said Curt Moore, general manager of automotive for TI's OMAP product line. "Jacinto 6 links people, their vehicles and the world around them via rich user interfaces, 3D navigation, real-time, high-definition, (HD) video and other interactive capabilities. With TI infotainment processors designed into more than a dozen automobile manufacturers delivering feature-rich infotainment systems, TI is excited to work with our customers to drive automotive infotainment performance to the next level with Jacinto 6." DRA74x automotive OMAP processor With the OMAP 5 architecture at its foundation including dual ARM Cortex-A15 cores, dual Cortex-M4 cores and multi-Imagination Technologies' POWERVR SGX544-MPx graphics cores the latest DRA74x ("Jacinto 6") processor increases ARM CPU performance up to five times and graphics (GPU) performance close to seven times as compared to the previous "Jacinto 5" offering. The company noted that it also adds the following elements to the OMAP 5 processor foundation, to address specific automotive-infotainment needs: -AEC Q100 qualification and wide-temperature support.

-Automotive interfaces: 2x CAN, MOST Media Local Bus (MLB), PCIe, Ethernet AVB, 3.3V I/Os.

-Optional 680 MHz floating-point VLIW DSP for integration of software defined radio, audio and speech processing.

-Multiple high-definition camera and video input ports to enable next-generation surround-view camera and consumer devices.

-Robust software ecosystem, including support for QNX, open-source Linux, and Android.

-Pre-integration of TI's WiLink 8Q wireless automotive connectivity solutions TI reported that its semiconductor products allow manufacturers and system suppliers to deliver features to the automotive market. Its automotive portfolio includes analog power management, interface and signal chain solutions, along with DLP displays, ADAS and infotainment processors, Hercules TMS570 safety microcontrollers and wireless connectivity solutions. Complete with product documentation, TI offers parts that are compliant with the AEC-Q100 and TS16949 standards, along with SafeTI products, which also comply with ISO 26262 requirements.

Texas Instruments is a provider of semiconductors.

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