Texas Instruments (TI) has collaborated with Ford Motor Company in developing an infotainment solution that integrates TI’s processor, connectivity and analogue solutions to enhance connected-car capabilities. The new Ford SYNC 3 uses devices from TI to provide improved voice recognition and navigation performance, hands-free Bluetooth connectivity, Wi-Fi enabled software updates and enhanced driver interactivity, the company noted. Ford SYNC 3 incorporates TI's OMAP 5 processor, and the WiLink™ 8Q platform, as well as power management and FPD-Link III serializer/deserializer (SerDes) wired connectivity solutions.
TI said the OMAP 5 processor is part of the ‘Jacinto’ family of automotive processors. The WiLink 8Q platform is a single-chip that combines Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). All these technologies from TI enable Ford's SYNC 3 to be faster, more intuitive and easier to use for the driver, the company said.
TI’s Jacinto automotive processors are claimed to have advantages in terms of technology including a user experience that is above competitive products, latest generation graphics cores, and highly-integrated wireless connectivity solution. The OMAP 5 processor is said to offer premium graphics and voice recognition capabilities, creating a lifelike human machine interface (HMI) experience, along with a more conversational voice recognition experience. TI said scalability and flexibility of its processors are also high.
Curt Moore, General Manager, Automotive Processors, TI, said the company took it as an opportunity to work with an industry leader, when Ford selected TI as a strategic partner. Through TI’s expansive technical support, it was able to quickly deliver a game-changing product for Ford customers, Moore added.