Freescale Semiconductor takes high-end automotive infotainment mainstream

Freescale Semiconductor takes high-end automotive infotainment mainstream

The AEC-Q100 qualified i.MX35 family of multimedia applications processors serves as the central intelligence unit for the entire automotive infotainment system. The processors are engineered to offer drivers safer and easier control of entertainment and navigation devices via voice commands.

The i.MX35 automotive series builds on the proven performance of Freescale's automotive-grade i.MX31 processor, which powers the Ford SYNCTM in-vehicle communications and entertainment system.

The i.MX35 family of automotive multimedia processors includes three pin-compatible devices, each targeting specific infotainment capabilities:

  • The i.MX351 – intended for audio connectivity platforms
  • The i.MX355 – designed for cost-effective display-based systems
  • The i.MX356 – integrates an OpenVG 1.1-compliant graphics processing unit for applications such as navigation services, which often require higher levels of graphics content

The i.MX35 automotive multimedia applications processors are packed with connectivity options including two CAN modules, a Media Local Bus to connect to MOST© INIC transceivers, Ethernet, two MMC/SD/SDIO ports and a CE-ATA/SDIO port for external wireless modules. They have two integrated USB PHYs and a 3.3V general purpose I/O interface. They also support lower cost memories like DDR2 and multi-level cell NAND that reduce system costs and provide the design engineer great flexibility.

Freescale's i.MX35 family supports the Microsoft Auto platform – the software that powers Ford SYNC, which connects drivers with a wide range of devices, services and technologies.

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