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Fujitsu chip enhances digital dashboard displays

Posted: 13 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:in-car electronic systems? car navigation systems? digital dashboard?

Fujitsu Ltd has announced the release of a new LSI chip for in-car electronic systems, such as navigation and digital dashboards. This new SoC, the MB86R01, integrates various functions on a single chip, such as ARM core, 2D and 3D graphic capabilities, in-car networking features and support for various media interfaces. The chip includes the company's embedded graphic-display controller for in-car applications, enabling low-cost, compact, in-car systems that feature high-resolution graphics while continuing to leverage existing software resources.

In recent years, the market for in-car electronic systems has been expanding globally, in particular for car navigation systems. To further expand the market, there is a need for further improvements in display quality and improved cost performance. At the same time, with the aim of facilitating safer driving, dashboard panels are becoming increasingly digitized and equipped with higher-performance functions in order to gather various types of information quickly, and display the information in a driver-friendly manner.

Fujitsu's new chip features the ARM926EJ-S CPU core from ARM, with the company's own automotive graphic controller also embedded on-chip. This chip also features interfaces that support various media, such as for multimedia, in-car automotive networking, hard-drive connection, and software storage. Functions to protect programs are also included in the chip, thereby realizing on a single chip, a finely balanced combination of functions required for next-generation in-car automotive systems. The chip is fabricated using 90nm CMOS process technology.

The MB80R01 is already available. Pricing is $25.13 each. Fujitsu aims to ship 500,000 units per month.

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