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Maxim Rolls a Pair of Automotive App Announcements

30 July 2015

Maxim has rolled the MAX9286, a quad deserializer that enables the design of surround-view systems for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The lone MAX9286 gigabit multimedia serial link (GMSL) deserializer receives and automatically synchronizes video from up to four cameras. The result is fewer components and faster time to market.

Surround-view systems are a key component of emerging ADAS. The deserializer uses a shielded twisted-pair (STP) or coaxial cable up to 15 meters and outputs the data via a four-lane, industry-standard CSI-2 interface to a video processor. It reduces board space and component count by replacing four discrete deserializers and a FPGA. In addition, this highly integrated deserializer eliminates additional software required for camera synchronization. The MAX9286 is also well suited for machine vision and 3D-camera systems. It is currently available, and includes an EV kit with SoC processor; ADAS-specific reference designs from ecosystem partners are also available.

Maxim has also announced a collaboration agreement with NVIDIA on DRIVE™ CX and PX platforms for automotive infotainment and piloted driving. To address concerns raised about potential driver distraction, automakers have increased their focus on safety requirements within entertainment platforms. To meet this safety-in-entertainment challenge, NVIDIA has developed complex automotive system-on-chips (SoCs)—digital supercomputers capable of driving multiple functions with unique parallel processing architecture and large computing power.

Maxim brings its experience in automotive and its wide product portfolio to address three key analog IC factors that cannot be neglected in any system-level design: heat, size, and efficiency.

Under the agreement, Maxim provides software-compatible, low-quiescent-current and highly integrated automotive-grade power-management functionality for the NVIDIA visual computing module (VCM). The NVIDIA VCM modular platform gives automakers a fast and easy way to integrate the most recent automotive-grade Tegra® processors in vehicles.

Maxim's GSML solutions provide high-speed data transfer between camera inputs and the NVIDIA SoC, and an optional link via an add-in card from the head unit of an infotainment platform to the display.

The MAX9286, a quad-channel 1.5Gbps deserializer brings "aggregator" and "power-over-coax" features that are utilized on the NVIDIA DRIVE PX to simplify design for ADAS systems with up to 12 simultaneous camera inputs.

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