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Philips rolls out fully integrated telematics processor

Posted: 15 Feb 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:philips semiconductor? philips? telematics processor? telematics? telemetry?

Claimed to be the market's first fully integrated telematics processor, the SAF3100 combines a main microcontroller with a 12-channel GPS baseband and dual 14-bit ADC that enables connection to a gyroscope for dead-reckoning.

The processor is suitable for telematics applications such as GPS, off-board navigation, automatic emergency call systems or remote controlled vehicle functions and diagnostics. The integrated dead-reckoning of the SAF3100 enables continuous tracking of the vehicle even if the satellite link is momentarily interrupted.

The SAF3100 also integrates a CAN bus controller, embedded RAM and high-speed UARTs for interfacing via GSM and CDMA mobile phones. The processor can also be interfaced with existing vehicle electronics including the company's CAN bus devices.

"We are the first company to offer a cost-effective, fully integrated telematics processor, already compatible with a corresponding front-end device," claims Niko Veenstra, senior marketing manager for Car Infotainment Systems at Philips Semiconductors.

Telematics enables transfer of vehicle data, status and position to a service provider to improve car safety, security and convenience. Benefits of telematics include automatic emergency call and remote diagnostics, transfer of location-based services and remote control of vehicle functions.

The SAF3100 is compatible with the company's UAA1570 GPS front-end device, as well as the next-generation UAF1572.

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