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Freescale and ALPS to develop automotive infotainment and telematics solutions


Tokyo: Freescale Semiconductor and Alps Electric have inked partnership to develop automotive infotainment and telematics solutions based on the Freescale i.MX 6 series of applications processors. Alps Electric’s connectivity modules will leverage the  peripheral I/O available on high-performance and scalable i.MX 6 series applications processors to provide comprehensive platforms targeting next-generation driver information systems.

With this collaboration, automakers and tier one suppliers of infotainment and telematics systems can access a broad range of ready-to-use, cost-effective connectivity solutions for their next-generation systems using Freescale i.MX 6 series applications processors. ALPS solutions based on i.MX 6 series silicon, as well as the Freescale SABRE platform for automotive infotainment, are sampling for HD, DAB radio, AM/FM radio and Bluetooth/WLAN combination modules. Offerings for 2G/3G/LTE, GNSSTM module and other technologies are planned for the near future.

ALPS has developed the UGKZ2 series automotive Bluetooth/WLAN combination module and extended its proven portfolio of DAB and HD radio tuners, which are combined with Freescale’s SABRE platform for automotive infotainment to help customers reduce development cycles and better address market needs. ALPS is also developing GNSS and LTE modules based on Freescale silicon and plans to release them in the near future.

David M. Uze, a Freescale vice president and president of Freescale Semiconductor Japan, said:  “Our i.MX 6 series of automotive applications processors provide optimal performance and best-in-class graphics for automotive infotainment and telematics applications. The comprehensive lineup of ALPS connectivity modules enhances the capabilities of our i.MX 6 series products and SABRE platform for automotive infotainment. By collaborating closely with ALPS, our joint customers can leverage advanced design solutions engineered to unleash innovation and compelling new functionalities for end-users.”

Yoshitada Amagishi, director and general manager of ALPS’ Engineering Division, said: “In working closely with Freescale Semiconductor, ALPS continues to evolve its connectivity offerings to address the rapidly changing demands of the automotive infotainment market segment. Through our collaboration, we are able to bring a flexible and modular lineup of ready-to-use connectivity solutions to be used in conjunction with Freescale’s latest range of i.MX automotive application processors.”



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