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HARMAN and Texas Instruments collaborate to redefine premium automotive infotainment experiences

Monday, February 27, 2012 10:00 AM


Integration of TI's OMAP™ 5 processors transforms head unit consoles into centralized multimedia command centers in the most sophisticated cars

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- HARMAN (NYSE:HAR), the global audio and infotainment group, and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ:TXN) today announced a collaboration to bring TI's OMAP™ 5 processors to HARMAN's premium automotive infotainment platform. Together, TI and HARMAN will leverage the OMAP 5 processors' smart multicore architecture to bring innovative, multimedia-rich experiences such as robust navigational tools, stunning 1080p graphics, interactive Web streaming and more to the world's most sophisticated automobiles. The OMAP 5 processors work hand-in-hand with TI's "Jacinto" automotive infotainment processors to provide a scalable platform with unparalleled automotive integration for HARMAN's products.

"HARMAN seeks out partners that not only drive excellence in the automotive space, but transform the way passengers and drivers interact with automobiles," said Michael Mauser, Executive Vice-president and Co-President Infotainment and Lifestyle at HARMAN. "TI's OMAP and Jacinto automotive infotainment processors are successfully shipping in HARMAN platforms today, and the inclusion of OMAP 5 processors in upcoming platforms brings in-car experiences to the next level. The OMAP 5 architecture exceeded our expectations in supporting multimedia-rich features that our premium automotive customers demand for next-generation infotainment experiences."

TI's OMAP 5 processors stood as HARMAN's architecture of choice for various reasons, including:

  • Premium graphics and video capabilities: The OMAP 5 processors' superior graphics transform a car's head unit into a centralized multimedia command center. The processors include dedicated 3D graphics and video accelerators that enable features such as full high-definition (HD) 1080p60 frames-per-second multi-standard video, multiple 1080p displays, stereoscopic-3D mapping graphics and compelling user interfaces that are safe and easy for drivers to navigate. OMAP 5 processors also include dual-channel memory and support for all major video codecs and APIs – features that are unmatched by competitors.
  • Fluid responsiveness: The OMAP 5 processors' smart multicore architecture unleashes the high-performance and low-power capabilities necessary for collecting and displaying information and multimedia in real time. The processors intelligently run multiple applications in parallel, which allows car manufacturers to support various in-dash features through a single processor, without sacrificing performance.

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