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Graphics controller tailored for automotive display apps

Posted: 02 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:display controller? vector engine? Altera? TES Electronic Solutions?

Altera Corp. and TES Electronic Solutions, an independent full-service electronic design and manufacturing company, announced the availability of a reconfigurable platform for automotive display applications.

TES brings both hardware and software component libraries to the application. The hardware acceleration component consists of a display controller and accelerated vector engine, which is said to provide increased hardware graphics display performance. The software component consists of an embedded 2D/3D graphic multiplatform library, which is used for optimizing real-time graphics on embedded devices with small and large display resolutions. The library provides all functions for handling and presentation of bitmaps, frame buffer accesses and drawing of graphic primitives.

According to Jeff Lamparter, director of Altera's automotive business unit, the vector rendering engine allows designers to parameterize various features such as TFT, render quality (pixel) and VGA on any of Altera's FPGAs to target graphics-hungry applications in the automotive sector.

Previously, designers were forced to use microcontrollers with integrated graphics and dedicated graphics controllers for specific applications. This necessitated separate system designs and development delays incurred by semi- or full-custom silicon. According to the press release, this integration results in systems generating graphic output exceeding traditional systems and providing substantial power and cost savings while cutting system development time versus ASIC or ASSP implementations.




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