Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) and Alps Electric Co. of Japan today announced their commitment to work together to develop automotive infotainment and telematics solutions based on the Freescale i.MX 6 series of applications processors. Alps Electric Co.’s market-proven, automotive-qualified connectivity modules will leverage the rich peripheral I/O available on high-performance and scalable i.MX 6 series applications processors to provide comprehensive platforms targeting next-generation driver information systems. With this collaboration, automakers and tier one suppliers of infotainment and telematics systems can access a broad range of ready-to-use, cost-effective connectivity solutions for their next-generation systems using Freescale i.MX 6 series applications processors. ALPS solutions based on i.MX 6 series silicon, as well as the Freescale SABRE platform for automotive infotainment, are sampling for HD, DAB radio, AM/FM radio and Bluetooth®/WLAN combination modules. Offerings for 2G/3G/LTE, GNSSTM module and other technologies are planned for the near future. As automobiles continue to evolve into the ultimate smart mobile device, connectivity options have grown increasingly important. Consumer demand is strong for in-vehicle displays that enable safe and convenient access to and control of the content and features of their smartphones, tablets and mobile music players. Successful next-generation infotainment and telematics systems must go beyond connectivity for commonly used features like AM/FM and Bluetooth to also support onboard network connectivity with WLAN and digital radio (HD/DAB). Advancing automotive connectivity in this manner presents systems designers with new and unique challenges, which Freescale and ALPS are working to solve. The result is a range of solutions designed to dramatically speed and simplify the development of connected, highly compelling automotive displays. A longtime leader in automotive silicon, Freescale supplies infotainment and telematics applications processors to six of the top 10 automotive OEMs. The company’s i.MX 6 series products integrate a rich set of peripheral I/Os and drivers to support numerous operating systems. The Freescale SABRE platform for automotive infotainment based on i.MX 6 processors is planned for availability in November 2012.