Jacinto 6 brings more processing power to automotive infotainment

January 11, 2013 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Texas Instruments has introduced an automotive OMAP processor built to bring higher in-vehicle entertainment and telematics functionality to automobiles. Codenamed “Jacinto 6,” the DRA74x processor builds upon TI’s OMAP 5 architecture to enable automotive solutions with audio, analytics and radio accelerators, along with automobile interfaces and peripherals.

Integrating automotive interfaces with the processor architecture can decrease an automotive infotainment customer's electronic bill of materials (BOM) by up to 25% or more, the company promises.

The Jacinto 6 is designed to meet the demand for a hardware platform that can handle challenging next-generation infotainment applications such as 3D navigation, real-time high-definition, (HD) video and other applications resulting from the increased integration of vehicles into the internet.

With the OMAP 5 architecture at its foundation – including dual ARM Cortex-A15 cores, dual Cortex-M4 cores and multi-Imagination Technologies' POWERVR SGX544-MPx graphics cores – the latest DRA74x (“Jacinto 6”) processor increases ARM CPU performance up to five times and graphics (GPU) performance close to seven times as compared to the previous “Jacinto 5” offering, Texas Instruments advertizes. In order to address specific automotive-infotainment needs, it also adds a number of elements to the OMAP 5 processor foundation, including:

  1. Automotive interfaces: 2x CAN, MOST Media Local Bus (MLB), PCIe, Ethernet AVB, 3.3V I/Os;
  2. Optional 680 MHz floating-point VLIW DSP for integration of software defined radio, advanced audio and speech processing;
  3. Multiple high-definition camera and video input ports to enable next-generation surround-view camera and consumer devices;
  4. Robust software ecosystem, including support for QNX, open-source Linux, and Android;
  5. Pre-integration of TI’s WiLink 8Q wireless automotive connectivity solutions;
  6. AEC Q100 qualification and wide-temperature support.
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The DRA74x “Jacinto 6” processor will sample in mid-2013 and is expected to be available for production by the second half of 2014. As with other OMAP processors, the DRA74x is intended for high-volume automotive manufacturers and is not available through distributors.

For more details, visit the Jacinto 6 web page .