Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) announced an integrated Xilinx(R) Automotive (XA) field programmable gate array (FPGA) and intellectual property (IP) solution for the Low-Power Intel(R) In-Vehicle Infotainment Reference Design (Low-Power Intel(R) IVI Reference Design) targeting automotive head units. The combination of the XA solution and Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor in the design provides system developers with improved levels of performance, scalability, and flexibility when developing open infotainment platforms. The XA Spartan-3E FPGA-based companion chip solution for the Low-Power Intel IVI Reference Design will be available in July 2008.
Using the FPGA, designers are able to build upon an available platform to produce a customized peripheral extension chip to the Intel System Controller Hub US15W. A standard adaption guide allows the user to add or remove peripherals in the FPGA and to scale the device density for the optimal solution. The standard design incorporates multiple functions including:
- Additional I2C, I2S and UART connectivity
- Video frame grabber input for camera connectivity
- SDHC v2.0 for high-capacity storage
- MOST connectivity through both MediaLB interface and Xilinx MOST NIC LogiCORE IP
The Low-Power Intel IVI Reference Design utilizes the XA Spartan-3E FPGA-based solution to extend the platform’s flexibility and integrate many automotive-specific functions, such as video capture support and MOST(R) network connectivity. The available solution incorporates multiple functions including SD 2.0 (including SDHC), Video frame grabber for camera inputs, Bluetooth connectivity, Low Pin Count interface for BIOS configuration, MOST connectivity with the LogiCORE(TM) NIC IP for MOST or Media Local Bus supporting an external network controller and Flash memory interface. These capabilities are geared for embedded systems within the vehicle central console, which typically encompasses navigation, entertainment, and Bluetooth wireless connectivity to portable devices.