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Date: 06-06-14

Features enhanced SOCs from TI for car infotainment systems

Texas Instruments has added new members "Jacinto" platform, the DRA72x "Jacinto 6 Eco" system-on-chip (SoC) to its family of SOCs for car infotainment systems.

DRA72x features IVA-HD video co-processor with the ability to decode H.264 1080p resolution at 60 fps. DRA72x offers Acoustic Noise Cancellation (ANC), speech enhancement and audio post-processing algorithms on the integrated digital signal processor (DSP).

Texas Instruments said "The DRA72x stays true to TI's automotive SoC approach of the "Jacinto" family including ARM Cortex-M4 to offload the main ARM Cortex-A15 CPU from real-time, interrupt intensive tasks, as well as vehicle connectivity peripherals including DCAN, Ethernet AVB, MOST Media Local Bus (MLB), PCIe, and USB2.0 and 3.0. The new DRA72x processor also works with TI's WiLink 8Q Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GNSS combo connectivity family, creating out-of-the box ready automotive infotainment offering."

Jacinto 6 Eco features single- and dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 configurations with a range of 2,800 to more than 10,000 Dhrystone million instruction per second (DMIPS), single- and dual-core Imagination Technologies' POWERVR SGX544-MPx graphics cores and automotive peripherals. Jacinto 6 Eco is integrated with DSP and has flexible software-defined architecture offering multi-tuner radio solution for AM/FM/RDS, HD Radio, DAB, and/or DRM. The on-chip auxiliary CPUs (ARM Cortex-M4s) offload the main CPU of real-time, highly interrupted intensive tasks to increase software performance.

TI has also developed a power management integrated circuit (PMIC) specifically for powering the Jacinto 6 Eco processor.

The DRA72x "Jacinto 6 Eco" processor is currently sampling and is expected to be available for production by the first half of 2015. The DRA72x is intended for high-volume automotive manufacturers and is not available through distributors.

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