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Innovative Chip Brings Full-digital Dashboards To Cars

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Innovative Chip Brings Full-digital Dashboards To Cars

STMicroelectronics has unveiled new automotive processors to bring high-end graphics, audio, and video to entry and mid-range vehicles.

ST’s new Accordo 5 family of automotive processors enable digital instrument clusters and Audio/Video/Navigation (AVN) head units to become more affordable than ever by integrating the complete graphics, video, and audio functionality on-chip to save design costs and simplify assembly, said the firm.

Features offered by the new chips include smartphone mirroring that gives access to content such as music and navigation services on the phone safely through the vehicle’s own user interface.

There is also video playback for major formats including H.264 and DivX, 2D and 3D graphics with effects such as blending and overlays, as well as USB connections and SD-Card interfaces.

“Replacing conventional dials, switches, and indicator lamps with advanced graphical instrumentation gives drivers more convenient access to information about the vehicle and surroundings, and digital head units can enhance safety and convenience. By integrating state-of-the-art features in a cost-effective single-chip solution, our Accordo 5 family now enables car makers to deliver such benefits to more customers in more markets than ever before,” said Fabio Marchio, Automotive Digital Division General Manager, Automotive & Discrete Group Vice President, STMicroelectronics.

ST supports designers using the new chips with comprehensive software and middleware IP that streamlines the design of feature-rich displays and instruments.

Samples of the Accordo 5 family chips comprising the STA1275, STA1285, and STA1295 are available. The STA1295 with dual-core Cortex-A7 processor is available in a 19mm x 19mm x 1.7mm LFBGA529 package.

Get more information by viewing the full Press release.

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