Tuesday, January 09, 2007

CES: 3D graphics core for automotive FPGAs


Xilinx has launched a 3D graphics for its range of automotive FPGAs that could well see the integration of satnav into vehicles as a standard feature alongside 3D interfaces.
The logi3D IP core was developed in collaboration with Xilinx Alliance Program participant Xylon, a leading independent design house, to run on the XA family of FPGAs. The core includes an API for the OpenGL ES1.1 standard to give Tier One automotive electronic suppliers a parameterisable and scalable solution, allowing flexibility for customised graphics applications based on specific OEM customer requirements.
The core includes a 3-D hardware acceleration IP core, a MicroBlaze configurable soft processor and display controller, all running on a Xilinx automotive qualified low cost Spartan-3 XA device. Overlay, texturing, shading, and many other features of the core can be customized quickly and efficiently.
This can be used for high-end 3D navigation, hybrid and reconfigurable clusters, multi-use centre stack displays, and automotive infotainment. Market researcher Strategy Analytics expects these markets to grow from approximately 80 million units in 2006 (original equipment and aftermarket) to nearly 100 million units in 2012.
"Our goal is to provide a full-featured 3-D capability that builds on our successful 2-D graphics core," said Davor Kovacec, CEO at Xylon. "This solution enables the customer to integrate new features for emerging 3-D automotive navigation and infotainment applications, while maintaining the ability to scale the size and complexity of the core based on the actual customer specification requirements."

High volume markets

High volume consumer and automotive products now represent 35 percent of the company’s overall revenues.
“As advanced process technology continues to drive down cost of PLDs, we are becoming more and more competitive in high volume consumer applications, especially in digital displays and consumer handsets. Last quarter we shipped over one million devices in a single month to one of our top handset manufacturers,” said Wim Roelandts, Chairman and CEO of Xilinx. “The same is true with the automotive segment, where we have 18 devices enabling the infotainment and driver assistance in a single vehicle.”

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