Microelectronics America yesterday rolled out a 16-bit controller family
and a new graphics display controller for automotive applications at the Convergence 2008 conference
here in Detroit, MI.
introductions are targeted at a wide variety of automotive applications,
ranging from safety systems and antilock braking to power steering, dashboard
controls, navigation and rear-seat entertainment.
trying to focus a little higher up the food chain and take a systems approach,
instead of a parts approach," noted Philip Hughes, director of the automotive
business group for Fujitsu Microelectronics America. "Between driver
information, rear-seat entertainment and safety, we have all the pieces. Then
we have all the network technologies to tie those pieces together."
Fujitsu showed how the pieces fit together at its booth here. It demonstrated
the new16-bit F2MC-16FX
controller family, along with enhanced versions of its 32-bit FR series
controllers, on meter clusters, vehicle infotainment and FlexRay network systems at its
booth here. The company said that the 16-bit F2MC-16FX is designed
to meet requirements for automotive safety and passenger comfort systems,
including dashboard control, antilock braking and power steering systems.
At the same
time, Fujitsu showed off the MB88F322
graphics display controller, which is said to deliver "best-in-class" graphics
for 2D and 3D applications. The graphics engine uses a simple line-buffering
technique, which enables it to require minimal on-board memory and therefore
minimize costs. The company has targeted it at instrument clusters, head-up
displays, central information displays and rear-seat entertainment systems.