LONDON Blaupunkt says it has reduced its time to market and minimized the component count of its TravelPilot Rome auto navigation system by using Altera Cyclone FPGAs and Nios II embedded processor instaed of ASICs or ASSPs.
Blaupunkt (Hildesheim, Germany) is a member of the Bosch Group and is a manufacturer of driver information systems, car radios, car speakers and vehicle antennas.
The TravelPilot Rome is an after-market automotive navigation system that offers car owners many features generally found only in factory-installed navigation systems, including custom map views that highlight street geometry and the ability to identify multiple alternative routes. In addition, the TravelPilot Rome provides all the capabilities of a full-featured car stereo, including radio and playback support for both audio CDs and CD-R/RWs.
According to Georg Sandhaus, Blaupunkt’s director of system engineering, using Altera’s programmable solutions for the automotive industry and development support shortened the design time by six months. “We were able to reduce design complexity by replacing multiple standard components with a single Cyclone device hosting a Nios II embedded processor, which eased our development effort and increased our product quality and reliability.” The Cyclone FPGA embedded with a Nios II soft processor provides the TravelPilot Rome with control and display functions.