Scalable instrument cluster platform for rich visual user experience with instrument clusters for flexible power management, rich visual user experience, and secure connectivity
Automotive Instrument clusters provide drivers a centralized and easily viewable location for displaying all critical automobile information. They provide graphical gauge readouts on large high-resolution color displays. The instrument cluster is the driver‘s workplace, therefore the requirement is an ideal display that is flexibly customizable and includes enhanced safety features.
As Cypress is now Infineon there is an unmatched portfolio for a scalable instrument cluster platform in the market. Traveo’s unique scanline architecture minimizes memory required for graphics processing. On-the-fly image processing eliminates external buffer for WVGA 3D graphics. Dedicated vector generation block renders fonts embedded within 3D graphics at speed. Infineon‘s Quad SPI, HyperFlash™ and HyperRAM™ memory products provide performance and density scalability to match instrument cluster system requirements. These high-performance NOR Flash memory devices provide the ideal solution for fast bootup times, while the low-pin-count interfaces reduce design complexity and PCB size.
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The digital instrument cluster shows the driver a wide variety of information. The way this information is presented is adapted dynamically to fit the driving situation. The digital cluster supports different functionalities, including conventional tachometer displays, function displays, route planning graphics, or displaying video from a rear-view camera.
The driver gets the right information when needed, which ensures less distraction and helps reduce the accident risk. The information must be easy to read in all situations. The user interface (HMI) is required to be personalizable and scalable to suit different vehicle models or different requirements due to a variety of end-customer expectations driven by the different markets.
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EZ-PD CCGx Automotive are families of programmable, highly integrated Type-C and PD controllers targeted towards intelligent, in-vehicle charger ports (head units, rear-seat chargers, and rear-seat entertainment). Infineon‘s Automotive controllers are fully AECQ-100 qualified.
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Infineon Parallel NOR Flash devices and Serial NOR Flash devices are the ideal solutions. They feature Automotive proven MirrorBit™ technology to ensure data reliability and have the high endurance required for frequent writes over the product lifespan. In addition, they provide fast system boot times and different densities to scale platforms.
Infineon’s NOR Flash solutions are AEC-Q100 Grade 1 to 3 qualified to meet automotive standards for a wide operating temperature range. Find your product via product selector guide
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Design Challenges for RAM in instrument cluster are:
- Limited internal video RAM on MCU
- Requires memory to support fast bus speeds for smooth graphics rendering
- Requires high-reliability low complexity interface
- Requires automotive-qualified memory
- 64 Mb and 128 Mb density combinations offering scalability to address increasing graphical complexity of mid- and high-end clusters
- Offers 400 MBps read speed for 1.8 V and 3.0 V versions
- HyperRAM™ offers simple 12-pin bus that is shareable with HyperFlash™
- HyperRAM comes in Automotive Grade 2 temperature grade
HyperRAM 2.0 is a high-speed, low-pin-count, self-refresh Dynamic RAM (DRAM) for high-performance embedded systems requiring expansion memory. HyperRAM 2.0 offers HyperBus and Octal SPI interfaces that draw upon the legacy features of both parallel and serial interface memories while enhancing system performance and ease of design, as well as reducing system cost. The 12-pin, HyperBus and Octal SPI interfaces operate at Double Data Rate (DDR) and can scale up to 400 MB/s throughput making HyperRAM 2.0 the ideal expansion memory for controllers with limited on-board RAM.
When used as scratch-pad memory, the fast read and write operations enable fast delivery of high-resolution graphics in the early part of the system boot process. HyperRAM 2.0 is the ideal memory for automotive instrument clusters.
CXPI (Clock eXtension Peripheral Interface) is designed to succeed in the widely-used Local Interconnect Network (LIN) automotive communication protocol. CXPI reduces the bill-of-material costs and lowers fuel consumption by requiring fewer wire harnesses in a vehicle.
Cypress offers CXPI transceivers, as well as automotive MCUs – a complete solution for your automotive design needs. CXPI has the CSMA/CR system (event initiate system) built into the polling system of LIN, provides higher response time and scalability, and significantly reduces HMI and development costs. CXPI has reduced the number of the parts needed for the clock side of the design because a data and a clock can transmit at the same time by adoption of PWM. Furthermore, reliability improves by communication between slaves, a secondary clock master function and a CRC.
The S6BT112A01 and S6BT112A02 are integrated transceiver IC for the Automotive communication network with Clock eXtension Peripheral Interface (CXPI). It is a flexible bit rate from 2.4 k bit per second to 20 k bit per second with JASO CXPI compliant. This CXPI transceiver IC connect between CXPI data link controller and CXPI Bus line, and enables to connect to vehicle battery directly, with high surge protection. Additionally, a product has optional function for Spreads Spectrum Clock Generator (SSCG). In the standby operation, S6BT112A01 and S6BT112A02 success ultra-low power consumption as sleep mode. The Cypress CXPI transceiver IC supports master node and slave node as selected SELMS pin which supported a secondary clock master.
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