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Nexperia multimedia IC drives rich car infotainment

Posted: 06 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:car infotainment? Nexperia processors? multimedia IC?

NXP Semiconductors has announced a collaboration with automotive supplier Visteon to push the envelope in car entertainment.

Visteon has selected the Nexperia PNX9520 multimedia processor from NXP for the development of new automotive infotainment innovations in visual and audio processor technologies. Software enhancements to the PNX9520 multimedia processor now enable multiple streaming video screens for rear-seat entertainment systems, giving consumers the ability to enjoy high-quality personalized content from multiple sources including portable media or other devices while in the car.

Joint solution
Visteon and NXP have delivered multi-screen technology that allows two different multimedia sources to be played in the car at the same time, providing standalone content for two different rear seat passengers.

Demonstrated at CES 2008, the reference design allows two screens to decode and render video with two different on-screen displays while taking advantage of robust in-car connectivity using a single multimedia processor chip. The PNX9520 multimedia processor enables families to take advantage of SIRIUS Backseat TV, a TV service that delivers live family TV directly to vehicles. The PNX9520 multimedia processor from NXP will be featured in select Visteon products.

Building on the vision of a single-chip solution for multimedia, the solution uses NXP's approach to infotainment-saving car manufacturers' time, effort and costs. Manufacturers will benefit from the advanced software features of the PNX9520, which provide flexibility and the ability to stream different content to individual passengers in the same cargiving them their media of choice.

"The way people experience their cars is shifting from a 'driving' experience to an 'enjoyment' experience," said Willem Bulthuis, VP of automotive sales and marketing at NXP. "To make this vision a reality, NXP is working with a strong partners such as Visteon to bring the latest in digital home technology to the carand create simple, innovative solutions with the consumer in mind. We understand that manufacturers are looking for the right solutions to help them bridge the gap between consumer electronics and the automobile."

Enhanced features
The Nexperia PNX9520 processor from NXP delivers vibrant picture quality, enabling video playback from different sources and in different formats, with an outstanding array of proprietary video post-processing algorithmsall available in a single device. Specifically designed for in-car entertainment, the PNX9520 solution is unique in implementing all use cases in software, providing users with full flexibility to implement the latest audio and video codecs as they become available.

The PNX9520 allows people to experience multimedia in the car from multiple sources (DVD, hard disk, USB, SD-card and now also combined with video broadcast reception), through multiple outputs (multiple screens, multiple speakers and headphones). Moreover, NXP works closely with a large number of leading independent software vendors, such as Mocean Laboratories AB, who are developing software products for Nexperia-based automotive entertainment systems.

In-car media systems integrating the enhanced PNX9520 chip also offer video broadcast, Wi-Fi A/V streaming (DLNA compliant) to portable devices, MP3 streaming, Bluetooth audio streaming to headphones and content-based backlight modulation. Other features include multispeed audio encoding, flash games and photo browsing.

NXP is one of the exhibitors at the 13th IIC-China 2008.

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