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CSR, Mentor Graphics team up to cut OEM dev't time

Posted: 13 Nov 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CSR? Mentor Graphics? in-vehicle infotainment? Bluetooth? Bluetooth Smart?

CSR has collaborated with Mentor Graphics to offer an out-of-the-box solution for OEMs looking to deliver in-car wireless connectivity. CSR Synergy software will come pre-integrated in upcoming releases of Mentor Graphics GENIVI Linux compliant Automotive Technology Platform (ATP) to provide a complete software solution for a range wireless connectivity technologies such as Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart and WiFi, detailed the firms.

The partnership will deliver a robust, automotive grade connected platform for developing in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) solutions. It enables systems with features such as in-car internet, smartphone tethering via Mirrorlink, hot-spot support via WiFi, wideband hands-free calling and CD-like audio streaming via aptX over Bluetooth in addition to Bluetooth Smart support for emerging use cases such as keyless entry and temperature and pressure sensors.

Introduced to the sector nine years ago, CSR Synergy is one of the most widely used connectivity solutions on the market, having been integrated into many infotainment and telematics platforms by Tier One suppliers. The solution is continually updated to add the latest Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart and WiFi use cases. It is also regularly tested to ensure the highest levels of device compatibility with the latest smartphones.

Delivering wireless connectivity has become a key standard for car makers looking for market-differentiating innovation in IVI systems. The global Bluetooth attach rate is expected to be 65 percent in 2014 while the WiFi attach rate is expected to be 17 percent in the same timeframe, with the take-up for both technologies expected to grow even further. With such a difference in the connectivity attach rates, IVI designers need to have a connectivity solution that is capable of covering the wireless connectivity requirements for a number of automotive segments. CSR connectivity devices and supporting CSR Synergy software are designed with this requirement in mind. Connectivity technologies, Bluetooth profiles and use cases can be added and removed easily without the customer investing significant engineering efforts after the initial deployment of the solution.

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