Fujitsu Microelectronics to Feature Latest Graphics Display Controllers


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DETROIT, MI. October 20, 2008: Convergence 2008 -- Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) will highlight its new generations of in-vehicle control technology for safety, navigation, entertainment and display applications at Convergence 2008 in Detroit, October 20-22. Using the theme "connecting people to cars," the company will feature its new 16-bit and 32-bit automotive microcontrollers, advanced 1394-Automotive controller technology, and newest graphics display controller series.

Cockpit-Simulator Demonstration Features Next-Generation Standards and Technologies

In booth 819, Fujitsu will simulate a vehicle cockpit with the full complement of products and capabilities that support control-by-wire technology using the FlexRay(TM) standard and 1394-Automotive single-chip controllers for high-bandwidth, in-car networks.

The cockpit demonstration, which equips TFT/LCD instrument panels as a meter cluster, will show how Fujitsu in-vehicle solutions deliver a safe, convenient, comfortable vehicle that takes advantage of the latest automotive standards.

New Industry-Leading Graphics Display Controllers

In addition, Fujitsu will present the newest member of its proven graphics display controller series. The MB88F322 is a versatile, feature-rich device designed for today's most popular display-based automotive applications including instrument clusters, Heads-Up Display (HUD), Central Information Display (CID) and Rear-Seat Entertainment (RSE) systems. The device includes several advanced features that reduce bill-of-materials cost, form factor and system-level power consumption.

Fujitsu will also showcase the MB86R01, a highly integrated, compact graphics SoC that delivers industry-leading CPU performance for on-board and mobile navigation systems, graphical dashboard systems, HUD units, rear-seat entertainment systems, Point of Sale terminals, industrial control panels and embedded automotive graphics applications. (See the May 15, 2008, news release, http://www.fujitsu.com/us/news/pr/fma_20070515-1.html).

1394-Automotive Controllers Enable Powerful, Efficient Vehicle Multimedia Networks

The in-vehicle A/V network demonstration will highlight the infotainment and navigation capabilities provided by the Fujitsu IEEE 1394-compliant single-chip controller for in-vehicle multimedia networks. This demonstration will show how the MB88388A links together the TV, DVD, audio system, car- navigation system, rear-seat display and other information systems.

The device integrates the physical layer (PHY), logical layer (LINK), and the Fujitsu proprietary SmartCODEC into a single chip to provide a low-latency, high-grade, high-speed network. The Fujitsu 1394-Automotive controller is also being enhanced for use in an in-vehicle camera, which will provide a safer, more secure system by linking multiple cameras inside and outside the vehicle via a high-speed network.

New 16-bit, 32-bit MCUs for a Wide Range of Automotive Safety, Body Control, Metering Applications

Fujitsu will also showcase the company's 16-bit F2MC-16FX and 32-bit MB91460 MCU families, which include MCUs for meter cluster, car body control, and car infotainment applications. The F2MC-16FX series combines the advantages of 16- and 32-bit architectures, using C-code efficiency that benefits from the 16-bit instruction set. Instruction pipelining, a technique widely used in the 32-bit RISC world, allows the 16FX to reach RISC-like performance. The broad F2MC-16FX lineup includes single, double and triple CAN-based controllers with ultra-wide internal bus bandwidths operating at up to 56MHz.

The Fujitsu 32-bit automotive MCUs are designed to control devices for meter cluster, car body control, car infotainment and FlexRay applications, using AutoSar-compliant drivers. CAN/FlexRay gateways let CAN's event-trigger processing and FlexRay's time-trigger processing co-exist for maximum applications performance.

Fujitsu Hosts October 21 News Conference

Fujitsu will host a news conference on Tuesday, October 21, at noon, to introduce its latest products and detail its global automotive roadmap. The presentation will include a speaker from Japan discussing Fujitsu's global automotive semiconductor technology and roadmap, including the next-generation vehicle safety, entertainment, and navigation systems. The presentation will include information on how Fujitsu is working closely with automakers and their tier-one suppliers to deliver the technology required for new systems and designs. The news conference will take place in room M2-30 of the convention center.

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