Molex and INVECAS today announced a joint collaboration to develop an Automotive Infotainment Media Module for intelligent vehicles. The new module was officially launched and featured in Molex demonstrations at the Consumer Electronics Show, Jan 9-12 in Las Vegas.
“Infotainment plays an important role for car buyers and OEMs that are seeking ways to differentiate vehicle designs. Packaging more functionality into a module provides a competitive advantage,” said Joe Stenger, advanced technology development manager, Molex. “The Molex Infotainment Module optimizes a host of functional capabilities on a single solution for reduced complexity, size and cost to automotive manufacturers.”
The new Infotainment Media Module incorporates a powerful solution designed by INVECAS, a provider of proven IP and embedded software and system-level solutions for the automotive industry and other market segments, and manufactured by GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a global full-service semiconductor foundry. GF’s automotive-qualified platform is a cost-effective solution for a broad range of products, ranging from wearable devices to automotive MCUs.
“In-vehicle infotainment is transforming the driver experience in exciting new ways. We are pleased to collaborate with Molex on advancing leading-edge infotainment technologies in next-generation vehicles,” said Dasaradha Gude, INVECAS CEO.
“The collaboration with Molex helps to further support the advancement in leading-edge infotainment in next-generation applications such as the Infotainment Media Module that will help shape the automotive market of the future,” said Gregg Bartlett, senior vice president of CMOS Business Unit at GF. “GF’s automotive-qualified technology platform combined with INVECAS’ design will deliver a highly integrated automotive infotainment module.”
A highly reliable and scalable all-in-one solution, the Molex Infotainment Media Module can significantly reduce the time to implement an automotive module. A module can combine data, navigation, and in-vehicle infotainment features for audio and video. Configurable for wired and wireless connectivity, a module can be integrated with the vehicle head unit, in-dash HMI displays and media systems. Molex CES2018 booth demonstrations highlighted USB media modules featuring bring-your-own-device compatibility and for in-vehicle data sharing, with multiple devices charging and operating simultaneously, such as an Android Auto running a navigation app, while an iPad streams music. The use of high-power USB Type-C connectors (up to 100W) supports fast-charging profiles and optimizes design flexibility for custom power and data requirements.
Leveraging decades of experience pioneering power and signal solutions for the automotive industry, Molex can quickly and cost-effectively qualify, design and implement a complete end-to-end custom module.