Issue: Nov 2009


NetLogic Microsystems Powers LG Electronics’ Automotive Infotainment Solutions



by Lenny Case

NetLogic Microsystems, Inc, a worldwide leader in high-performance intelligent semiconductor solutions for next-generation Internet networks, today announced that its Au1300® Processor, the latest member of its ultra low-power Alchemy® processor family, has been selected by LG Electronics for LG’s high-performance automotive infotainment solutions. LG’s market-leading infotainment solutions include built-in audio/video navigation (AVN) for dashboard and rear-seat entertainment (RSE) systems.

NetLogic Microsystems’ Alchemy processor family delivers the powerful processing performance, robust connected media acceleration and ultra low-power functionality required for intelligent next-generation connected automotive infotainment, audio/video navigation (AVN), heads-up display (HUD) and telematics systems. These industry-leading processors from NetLogic Microsystems have enabled LG to offer high-performance on-the-go solutions that provide users with seamless connectivity, unparalleled media experience and advanced navigation capabilities from the convenience of the automobiles.

“NetLogic Microsystems’ Alchemy processors truly surpassed our expectations in terms of best-in-class processing performance and unmatched low-standby power, making it ideal for our next-generation automotive infotainment solutions,” said June Kim, vice president of research & development at LG Electronics’ Car Infotainment business. “LG’s innovative infotainment solutions are seeing strong success and adoption by several leading auto manufacturers worldwide, and we look forward to our continued close collaboration with NetLogic Microsystems.”

The LG infotainment solutions that incorporate the NetLogic Microsystems Au1300 processor feature a 7-inch WVGA LCD display, voice recognition, rear camera functionality, advanced navigation capabilities and rich media playback. These market-leading solutions integrate Bluetooth, iPOD interface, USB2.0 and AM/FM radio functionality. LG Electronics has successfully introduced these infotainment solutions in mass production to LG’s Tier One customers in October 2009.

“We’re pleased to have been selected by LG for its next-generation automotive solutions,” said Mike Wodopian, vice president of marketing, Ultra Low-Power Alchemy Processors at NetLogic Microsystems. “Our successful collaboration with LG expands our leadership position in high-performance, ultra low-power embedded processing into the intelligent connected automotive market.”

NetLogic Microsystems’ low-power Au1300 processor offers a high-performance 5-stage pipeline architecture running at 800MHz, and integrates a high-definition video processor and a 3-dimensional graphics processor in a cost-effective 537-pin BGA package with 0.65 or 0.8mm ball pitches. The Au1300 Processor also includes a best-in-class LCD controller with four graphics planes for 32-bit αRGB, and a Media Acceleration Engine™ (MAE) for H.264, MPEG 1/2/4, DivX, XviD, WMV9 and VC-1 hardware acceleration.

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