Intel Corporationdisplayed its new Intel XScale technology based processorsMar. 4 for the telematics market segment. The new family of extendedtemperature microprocessors, called the Intel PXA250 and IntelPXA210 applications processors, is specifically designed to bring solutions to products that deliver wireless voice anddata information to vehicles.
The new Intel processors come at a time when telematics terminalsare increasingly being included as a feature in new cars. According toindustry analyst firm Forrester Research, roughly 80 percent of allnew vehicles will have built in telematics capable terminals by2006.
"Consumers today have experienced the benefit of initialtelematics products and services such as emergency roadside assistanceand basic navigation systems, but it's only the beginning," saidPatrick Kerrigan, marketing director of Intel's Telematics Operation."The new Intel processors, based on Intel XScale technology, will helpdeliver the increased computing performance and the scaleabilityneeded to enable a full-range of products from integrated hands-freecellular phone kits to high-end multimedia 'infotainment' systems."
The new processors are key components of the Intel PersonalInternet Client Architecture (Intel PCA), Intel's developmentblueprint for designing wireless handheld communication devices thatcombine voice communications and Internet access capabilities.Products using the Intel PXA250 and Intel PXA210 applicationsprocessors include BlueConnect, a hands-free cellular phone systemfrom Johnson Controls, Inc. According to Intel, through a hands-free module that has beenintegrated into the vehicle, drivers can conduct a wide-range ofvoice-activated activities with their Bluetooth-enabled cellphone.
Another application using the new processors is Yazaki'sMultimedia Vehicle Platform. This platform enables multimediacontent such as DVD video and MP3 audio to be independently accessedby passengers via the Media Oriented System Transport (MOST) network.In addition, consumers can connect portable devices, including cellphones and PDA's to Yazaki's vehicle network.
Telematics Development Support
According to Intel, they have actively engaged with industry leaders to providedevelopment systems and reference designs to help enable developers tobuild multimedia and wireless products. The fully featuredtelematics reference design supports speech recognition software,Java, and many real-time operating systems. Intel telematicsreference designs based on the new processors will be available fromArcom Controls and Intrinsyc Software, Inc. Companies supporting thedevelopment environment for the Intel PXA250 and Intel PXA210applications processors in telematics include Clarity, FonixCorporation, IBM, Microsoft Corporation, MontaVista Software Inc., QNXSoftware Systems Inc., SpeechWorks International, Inc., TemicSprachverarbeitung GmbH, Wavemakers and Wind River Systems, Inc.
Intel also provides support to the development community throughits Intel Telematics Design Center. The online center offers wirelesscompanies development, technical and marketing support -- includingaccess to more than 300 tools -- for designing telematics devices andapplications supporting Intel PCA.
Intel is a leadingmanufacturer of computer, networking and communications products.Additional information about Intel is available atwww.intel.com.