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 ALPSAlps Electric is a leading electronics component manufacturer, and since its foundation in 1948 has supplied around 40,000 types of electronic components to over 2,000 manufacturers of home appliances, mobile devices, automobiles, and industrial equipment all over the world. ALPS has developed proprietary high-frequency circuit and simulation technologies and is committed to promote innovations and to identify market needs and technological trends. Therefore, they can develop and deliver optimized products through quick and precise responses to customer needs and their changes. Currently, ALPS focuses on development of power-efficient "green" devices to support the creation of low-carbon, digital societies. For more information, visit www.alps.com. About Freescale Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry leading products that are advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, integrated circuits and connectivity – our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, more connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world. www.freescale.com Freescale and the Freescale logo are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. ARM is the registered trademark of ARM Limited. Cortex is the trademark of ARM Limited © 2012 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.