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Portwell unveils in-vehicle infotainment platform

Posted: 21 Dec 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Portwell Inc. has announced the PCS-8220, an Intel proof-of-concept, single-DIN, in-vehicle embedded PC infotainment system.

Based on the Intel embedded compact extended (ECX) form factor, PCS-8220 supports multiple infotainment interfaces including integrated DVB-T/FM tuner, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS to meet the requirements of applications such as audio and video media, navigation, Internet access and email. The unit also supports dual-display for CRT, LVDS or TV-out.

"Portwell co-developed this in-vehicle infotainment reference system with Intel as a proof-of-concept," said Don Chang, president of vertical market service business unit at Portwell. "The reference design is based on the Intel 915GM chipset and Celeron M processor in order to achieve the best performance per watt and performance per cubic meter advantage that has become increasingly important in today's embedded environment. In addition to space and thermal constraints."

Efficient heat dissipation
The new solution is designed to dissipate heat efficiently in a closed environment such as a motor vehicle by using the air in the passenger compartment to reduce the internal temperature of the unit itself. "We also looked at key areas of the PCS-8220 to minimize shock and vibration by applying shock absorbing pads and spring-loaded fasteners at the critical points," says Eddie Hou, AVP of vertical market service business unit at Portwell. "We implemented a unique power supply unit that worked with the ignition control and used DC power from the car battery. Once we had perfected the mechanics," continued Hou, "we turned our attention to aspects of display and physical connectivity."

Portwell PCS-8220 supports dual independent displays so that passengers in both the front and rear seats can view different videos. Six USB ports provide versatile expansion such as GPS navigation, peripheral integration and a proprietary rear I/O design provides increased flexibility. "We also optimized the BIOS to meet the particular needs of an embedded infotainment system," explained Hou, "such as Quick Boot and Silent Boot. All in all, we believe that the PCS-8220 provides a ready-to-use compact in-vehicle infotainment platform with multimedia-enriched features, an efficient thermal solution and the flexibility for future expansion."

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