Just one day after Freescale Semiconductor Inc. rolled out a tiny tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) family of devices for automotive OEMs, the chipmaker is bringing a development system to vehicles to enable the Internet of Things (IoT).
Freescale’s Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering (SABRE) development system is designed to bring automotive grade Ethernet connectivity for next generation infotainment, instrument cluster, camera telematics and read seat entertainment designs. Freescale said the system will provide real-time data transportation in a vehicle while replacing other costly technologies currently installed in automobiles.
The SABRE system connects an array of onboard multimedia nodes through Ethernet components and is optimized for hardware/software integration based on Freescale’s i.MX 6 series applications processors, the company said. Freescale will display the SABRE offering at the SAE Convergence Conference & Exhibition and the IEEE-SA Ethernet & IP @Automotive Technology Day both this week.
A demonstration of how Freescale's SABRE system connects media in vehicles.
Dan Loop, automotive business development manager for Freescale’s MCU group, said in a statement the SABRE systems connects cars to their drivers, the cloud and the rest of the Internet of Things. “In the Internet of Things era, infotainment’s primary role is to intelligently connect the car and all of its subsystems to the driver and passengers’ world -- enriching the driving experience and enhancing the safety of the vehicle,” he said. The SABRE system helps OEMs achieve this.