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Fujitsu's 'Jade' targets automotive graphics apps

Posted: 26 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:graphics controllers? automotive graphics applications? graphics processor?

Fujitsu's 'Jade' graphics controller

Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) has announced the first device in its new family of graphics controllers aimed at high-end embedded automotive graphics applications. The MB86R01 "Jade" is the company's first SoC to integrate the 32bit ARM926EJ-S CPU core with the company's graphics processor "Coral PA."

Based on Fujitsu's 90nm CMOS process technology, Jade is optimized for applications requiring high CPU performance combined with sophisticated 2D/3D graphics features. Target applications are on-board and mobile navigation systems, graphical dashboard systems, HUD units, rear seat entertainment, POS terminals and industrial control panels. Packaged in a 484-pin BGA, the device requires a supply voltage of 3.3V (I/O), 1.8V (DDR2), 1.2V (internal) and is designed to operate over a temperature range of -40C to 85C.

ARM926EJ-S is a fully synthesizable processor with a Jazelle technology enhanced 32 it RISC CPU, 16Kbyte instruction cache, 16Kbyte data cache, 16Kbyte ITCM, 16Kbyte DTCM and an MMU. The CPU runs all major OS and existing middleware including Microsoft Windows CE, QNX, Wind River VxWorks, Linux and Itron.

Further features include an ETM9 (medium) and JTAG ICE interface, 8-channel DMA and 32bit timers. Core frequency is 320MHz (generated by on-chip PLL). On-board peripherals include a unified DDR2 memory supporting 320Mbps (up to 128Mbyte), a parallel flash/SRAM host interface with decryption engine, parallel ATA, SD-Card, CAN, Media LB, USB 2.0 (Host and Function), ADC, DAC, I?C, I?S, PWM, SPI, UART, GPIO and an external interrupt.

Fujitsu's Coral PA processor provides sophisticated features for embedded graphics applications such as in-car infotainment systems, which require more display and rendering functions. These features include a rendering engine for 2D/3D graphic acceleration functions, a geometry processor supporting floating point transformations for smooth graphics animation, and a dual-display capability (2 x RGB digital output) that enables independent contents to be shown on two connected screens. Display resolutions from 320-by-240 up to 1024-by-768 are supported.

Engineering samples are available with volume production due Q3 2007.

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