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Collaboration to drive interconnect solutions in autos

Posted: 01 Apr 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:infotainment automotive? interconnect graphics? data digital video?

Altera Corp. and National Semiconductor Corp. are collaborating to drive the transmission, processing and display of digital data within automotive applications. The graphics interconnect solutions being jointly developed by Altera and National address the growing use of digital video in automotive infotainment and driver-assistance applications. This collaboration leverages Altera's low-cost Cyclone III FPGAs and National's FPD-Link II embedded clock Serdes architecture to deliver high-speed, long-range data-exchange solutions that provide high bandwidth, low EMI, increased reliability and lower system costs.

"National has a proven track record for enabling the high-speed data link between video source and sink in automotive applications," said Erroll Dietz, VP of National's high-speed product division.

Through their initial collaboration, Altera and National developed a reference design showing the transmission of a digital video bitstream over a 10m CAT6 cable to National's DS90C124 FPD-Link II deserializer. The deserializer output interfaces directly to a Cyclone III FPGA, which processes the incoming signals and sends the resulting video to a display.

Michael Samuelian, director of Altera's automotive and industrial business unit added, "This work with National represents the first in a multi-step collaboration between the two companies to facilitate the routing of high-resolution digital video within automotive applications."





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