DELPHI Demonstrates First-Class Next Generation Navigation, Mobile TV and Antenna Reception Systems at IAA 2007
Building the bridge in between the automotive and consumer electronics market
Among the highlights at IAA will be a mobile TV world tuner platform offering flexible reception solutions for different markets and digital standards and also navigation systems ranging from value-conscious to high-end solutions. With more and more multimedia features from the consumer electronics market entering the automotive segment, integration is a major focus. With its open system configuration, Delphi as a full system supplier and system integrator provides the incorporation of the latest consumer demanded technologies and a contribution for securing future proof life cycle maintenance.
Also, Delphi’s Fuba reception system capabilities will be exhibited. Designed to provide excellent reception for vehicle communication, current and future technologies include AM/FM, cellular, GPS, television, satellite and digital services. “We are proud to offer such a variety of excellent multimedia, navigation and reception systems, all flexible and adaptive to OEM and market requirements around the globe. Our experience, technical capabilities, flexibility and reliability help us to provide innovative and groundbreaking products that are one step ahead,” says Dr. Andreas Hunscher, Managing Director global Reception Systems.
Delphi’s offers latest concepts in GPS-Navigation and global mobile TV-Tuner platform
Delphi has a global portfolio of navigation systems and provides units for North America, Europe and Asia. It offers navigation systems that range from value-conscious to high-end, more 2 elaborate systems. “Delphi provides navigation systems which are not only adaptable to regional requirements but provide the features that customers demand,” says Michael Heise, European Managing Director for Infotainment Systems. An example of Delphi’s strategy to provide high-performance navigation systems for vehicles of all price points is its High-Value Secure Digital Card Map-Based Navigation system. Similar to other affordable portable navigation system devices, this system uses a flash-based SD card for a lower-cost map data interface. The raw map data is so highly compressed that the complete US/Canada map fits on a 1GB SD-Card without loss of content. Cooperating with the European software company Elektrobit, Delphi merges excellent navigation algorithms with its world class receiver. Elektrobit’s route calculation algorithms were recognized by an OEM benchmark study as bestin-class and are already used very successfully in European aftermarket mobile navigation products.
The Delphi system offers a color display for full color map-based navigation with visual and voice-guided directions. Topping off the entertainment feature and the linkage between the OE and consumer electronics world, the SD card slot can also be used for other media (music, podcast etc.). An additional USB connection offers even more possibilities to hook up further media players.
Recently chosen by BMW for its middle and upper class models, Delphi Fuba’s mobile TV world tuner platform provides the near-DVD color picture quality and stereo sound that is expected by perspective car owners. The reception system uses multiple in-glass or composite body structure antennas, integrated amplifiers and ScanDiv™ scanning diversity technology to provide high quality color TV reception in vehicles. Delphi’s patented ScanDiv™ technology automatically selects the best audio and video signal from four antennas to provide passengers in-home-like TV quality.
Delphi’s unique Fuba mobile TV platform is globally adaptable to most existing TV standards. It is compatible with the analog NTSC, PAL and SECAM standards as well as with the digital reception of DVB-T and ISDB-T. When the digital signal is obstructed the tuner is able to automatically switch to analog reception. Delphi is currently extending this platform for reception of new digital TV Standards in the US and China.
Open System Configuration: Building the bridge between the automotive and consumer electronics markets
In-vehicle infotainment systems face increasing competition from the consumer electronics market. The availability of high-performance computing platforms for all mobile devices has brought a large variety of new features to end consumers. Most of those features are already pure software applications. Among the latest trends are GPS navigation for mobile phones and voice operation for personal navigation devices (PNDs). Fast development cycles and the requirement for data exchange add additional elements to the competition. Also new specialized players are becoming available and offer highly developed software and features demanded by the market, but do not incorporate automotive systems understanding. Unlike most of the competition, Delphi recognized the necessity to have a broad knowledge of both worlds, defining its own objectives for an open system configuration. Delphi is securing its role as a systems integrator in a highly dynamic market balancing its in-house development capabilities with the incorporation and integration of specialized external expertise for various applications.
Clearly defined software structures and the use of modern software design paradigms have guaranteed the development of flexible and upgradeable system architectures. Delphi’s successful convergence of aftermarket navigation applications with preferred consumer features into an automotive system configuration is an excellent example of Delphi’s flexibility and technical expertise.
As a system integrator, Delphi draws upon extensive experience and proven development capabilities for consumer interfaces like Bluetooth and USB to provide integration of the latest consumer demanded technology. Cutting-edge antenna technology for future communication and multimedia services Currently, the trend towards ubiquitous connectivity in personal communications and the increasing variety of broadcasting and transmission standards for digital multimedia services drives antenna development in the direction of adaptive- and multi-functional equipment for automotive use. Additionally, bandwidth limitations and signal fading call for the application of multi-element antennas with improved spectral efficiency to provide increased data throughput or diversity reception that help mitigate fading. The need for the simultaneous availability of cellular, broadcasting and navigation services for advanced applications in telematics and security requires innovation and a conceptual rethinking in automotive connectivity.
As one of the global leaders and key player for high performance automotive antenna and connectivity options, Delphi with its European subsidiary Fuba™ Reception Systems is well prepared to provide cutting-edge antenna technology for future communication and multimedia services. With more than 50 years of experience in high-performance antenna engineering, Delphi is developing state of the art products to satisfy the demand of next-generation automotive connected services. Delphi mid- and long-term strategies are well aligned with current trends in mobile broadcasting and radio communications. Delphi’s Fuba antenna portfolio includes AM/FM, cellular, GPS, television, satellite radio and telematics products.
Besides these core products, Delphi intends to provide innovative automotive antenna and receiver technology for mobile internet applications in a connected vehicle. Driven by reduced production costs for cable assembly and the advances in semiconductor miniaturization, car-centric wireless network architectures covering the automotive user compartment are becoming competitive and profitable. Products for short-range wireless device connectivity based on Bluetooth or Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology can provide a framework for a multimedia-driven automotive gateway and a standardized link interface to consumer electronics devices.
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