Altera Corporation has recently introduced the AlteraÂ® Automotive Graphics System (AAGS), a scalable solution that enables design engineers to quickly and efficiently design multiple automotive infotainment products based on a single electronic design.
Implemented in Alteraâ€™s low-cost CycloneÂ® series or high-performance StratixÂ® series FPGAs, the AAGS enables designers to overcome the lengthy and costly design cycles of fixed-function graphic controllers.
The AAGS design platform integrates Alteraâ€™s NiosÂ® II embedded processor with third-party intellectual property (IP) and design tools from automotive graphics partners including:
TES Electronic Solutions OpenGL ES-compliant graphics library and embedded 2D/3D Graphic Multiplatform Library (eGML), for the real-time generation of display graphics
Imagemâ€™s spline-based library for handling bitmaps, frame buffer accesses, drawing of graphic primitives and object handing and movement
SEGGERâ€™s Microcontroller Systeme GmbH support for emWin Altiaâ€™s GUI building tool for quick automotive human machine interface (HMI) development
In addition to the Nios II processor, the AAGS incorporates a LCD timing controller, a basic multi-layer multi-display controller, a sophisticated spline manipulation engine and a vector graphics acceleration engine. For more information, visit www.altera.com/end-markets/auto/graphics-processing/aut-graphics-processing.html.
â€œAn FPGA-based solution gives automotive designers a highly efficient means for modifying their designs so they can create product differentiation and quickly meet changing market requirements without costly system redesign,â€ said Todd Scott, senior director of Alteraâ€™s consumer, automotive, broadcast business unit. â€œTo beat the overall cost of standard cell solutions, AAGS customers can go directly to production with the low-cost Cyclone series FPGA, or for more complex designs that require implementation in a high-performance Stratix series FPGA, migrate to a HardCopyÂ® structured ASIC to drive down costs.â€