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Freescale And ALPS Announce Collaboration For Auto Infotainment And Telematics Solutions Based On I.MX Platforms

ALPS has a proven track record of supplying world-class automotive connectivity solutions to top automotive OEMs worldwide. Leveraging this expertise, ALPS has developed independent modular connectivity solutions that can be used with Freescale i.MX 6 series silicon and the SABRE platform for automotive infotainment very early in the evaluation process. ALPS provides systems designers the option of production-level connectivity modules, or an integrated board solution from Freescale and ALPS, which seamlessly integrates hardware design support, driver development and communication stacks.

“Our i.MX 6 series of automotive applications processors provide optimal performance and best-in-class graphics for automotive infotainment and telematics applications,” said David M. Uze, a Freescale vice president and president of Freescale Semiconductor Japan. “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.”

Leveraging its heritage of high-frequency circuit and simulation technologies, 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.

"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," said Yoshitada Amagishi, director and general manager of ALPS’ Engineering Division. "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."

The connectivity solutions developed by ALPS based on Freescale processors are:
  • FM/AM tuner: Samples available now
  • HD radio: Samples available now
  • DAB tuner: Samples available now
  • Bluetooth/WLAN combination module: Samples available now
  • GNSS module: Samples planned for availability in April 2013
  • 2G/3G/LTE module: Samples planned for availability in Q4 2013

About the Freescale i.MX 6 series

The i.MX 6 series includes single-, dual- and quad-core families based on the ARM® Cortex™-A9 architecture, and together with a robust ecosystem, provides the ideal platform to develop a portfolio of end devices based on a single hardware design. With high-performance multimedia processing, pin- and software- compatible product families and integrated power management, the i.MX 6 series is purpose-built for the new era of automotive infotainment, reconfigurable graphics instrument clusters and smart consumer devices.

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