CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND & SUNNYVALE, USA: CSR plc introduced the SiRFatlasVI infotainment SoC, the latest generation of the company’s value-leading navigation, multimedia and connectivity solution for creating high-performance, mainstream in-vehicle infotainment systems and mobile Internet and portable navigation devices. The SiRFatlasVI SoC enables manufacturers to rapidly develop and bring to market exciting new OEM and aftermarket products that are able to run multiple functions at the same time for an exceptional user experience.
“Thanks to the significant performance improvements we’ve made in the SiRFatlasVI platform, it’s now possible for a driver to utilise 3D navigation or make a hands-free phone call while passengers watch a movie, listen to music and surf the web from their laptops via Wi-Fi, and we believe we are the first to deliver this capability to this price category,” said Anthony Murray, Business Group SVP, CSR.
“With SiRFatlasVI, CSR has once again established a new price/performance benchmark for mainstream infotainment solutions, and with our local R&D and support centers, we are best-positioned to help customers get to market quickly to take full advantage of their market window with relevant and differentiated product offerings.”
The SiRFatlasVI SoC offers 3x CPU, 3x graphics and 6x multimedia performance improvements over the previous SiRFatlasV chip at virtually the same BOM cost. These performance improvements will enable the driver to experience more fluid user interfaces, richer map graphics, and concurrent navigation and media playback.
The SiRFatlasVI SoC integrates a high-sensitivity multi-satellite GNSS engine that supports the four major global navigation systems: GPS and GLONASS today; Galileo and Compass (with a simple software upgrade) when these systems are operational. The multi-satellite GNSS support offers flexibility and improved satellite acquisition and location tracking in challenging situations like urban canyons.
The integrated ARM Cortex-A9 application processor produces up to 2500 DMIPS, which enables advanced applications and multiple OS’s. It is supported by an ARM NEON multimedia accelerator, which is designed to boost multimedia performance by 30 to 40 percent and enables up to 720p decode. Customers can choose to utilise either the new POWERVR 3D graphics accelerator core or rely on the 2D core as a low-cost option.
The integrated memory controller supports 16-bit DDR3/DDR3L and DDR2 memory technology. The SiRFatlasVI SoC supports 60-bit ECC NAND as well as direct boot from SDXC, SLC NAND flash and managed NAND. DDR3 and NAND offer lower total BOM cost, as well as other integrated peripherals.
Extensive integrated I/O and analog functionality, including two USB ports, UART/I2S/SPI/I2C, camera and touch screen interfaces and an audio codec, round out the SiRFatlasVI solution.