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Inova Semiconductors supplies first SerDes devices of the new APIX3 generation


Powerful transmitters and receivers allow simultaneous transmission of video, audio and data in real time at up to 12 Gbps

Munich, 08 November 2018 – Inova Semiconductors now launched the first members of the new APIX3 generation – two transmitters and a receiver. APIX (Automotive Pixel Link) is a multi-channel SerDes (serialiser/deserialiser) technology developed by Inova for high-resolution video applications in motor vehicles, especially in the growing segments of infotainment and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The latest-generation APIX3 can host multiple display connections with bandwidths of up to 12 Gbps and supports HD and Ultra HD displays.

The first members of the new APIX3 family include the transmitters INAP563TAQ with HDMI 1.4a (with 3D support) and INAP565TAQ with DSI 1.2 and the receiver INAP562RAQ with CSI, DSI or LVDS video output. The two transmitters differ only in the video input and are otherwise compatible. Each of these transmitters can use the INAP562R receiver to set up an APIX3 link via a QTP, STP or coaxial cable. The components support various EMC-friendly operating modes with fixed bandwidths of 1.5; 3 or 6 Gbps in single-lane mode or 3, 6 or 12 Gbps in dual-lane mode with a fixed back channel of 187.5 Mbps.

The new devices of the APIX3 family are designed for popular displays (e.g. 2880 x 1080 x 24 bit, 60 Hz) in cars. But also video resolutions up to Ultra High Definition (UHD) and colour depths up to 30 bit are possible. The INAP565TAQ with DSI interface also allows the transmission of DSC compressed video data with a future-proof available video bandwidth of up to 28.8 Gbps.

All the devices enable the simultaneous transmission of up to eight audio channels. A special feature of the APIX technology is the media-independent interface (MII, RMII, RGMII) for 100 Mbit Ethernet according to the IEEE standard. An SPI interface for convenient component configuration and data transfer is also available. The receiver INAP562R also has an I²C interface, which is optimised for the connection of touch screen controllers.

The APIX3 devices are backward compatible with the APIX2 predecessor family and, like these, offer compensation functions for cable ageing and temperature fluctuations. A new feature of APIX3 is the link training of the APIX3 link on the cable medium used. This ensures very robust, stable and optimised transmission. With its many diagnostic features, APIX3 supports safety-related applications and meets the requirements of the automotive industry for electromagnetic immunity and resistance.

Typical applications for the new APIX3 chips are infotainment and entertainment systems, as well as instrument clusters and head-up displays in vehicles.

Availability
The two new APIX3 transmitters and the new receiver are available now. All the devices are qualified to AEC-Q100 and operate in a wide temperature range from -40 °C to +105 °C. Inova supplies the transmitters in a 151-pin and the receiver in a 162-pin aQFN package. The APIX3 technology has also been licensed to Socionext. 


Microchip supports the ISELED Alliance with its broad and energy efficient microcontroller portfolio


New member of the Alliance further strengthens the market penetration of the smart LED technology and enables innovative applications for the next generation of cars

Munich and Chandler, Arizona, 24 October 2018 – Microchip, a leading global manufacturer of semiconductors, becomes the newest member of the open ISELED Alliance that was formed to develop and market an innovative in-vehicle LED lighting concept – the "digital LED".  The Alliance aims to install a complete ecosystem with the corresponding hardware and software for the ISELED concept. The core product is a “digital” RGB LED that is integrated into a tiny package. It consists of a single red, green and blue LED with the ISELED controller integrated. In addition to the simplification of LED control, the innovative approach enables new extensions of the functionality of LED lighting in automobiles.

The next generation of in-car lighting will feature hundreds of LEDs, typically in the form of flexible light strips each comprising many single RGB LEDs, which need to be individually controlled to produce dynamic effects. Up to 4,079 of the ISELED LEDs can be connected via a differential bus at a speed of 2 Mbps. They will be controlled by a single external microcontroller. Microchip offers a broad range of high performance controllers with market leading power consumption to address these needs. A special protocol ensures optimum coordination of the individual hardware and software components used by the system solution, thus guaranteeing optimum integration of the smart LED and the associated controller.

„The Microchip entry into the Alliance further underlines the acceptance of ISELED as a highly innovative technology, including the associated ecosystem,” stated Robert Kraus, CEO at Inova Semiconductors and a founding partner of the Alliance. “Microchip as a new member of the Alliance with its broad microcontroller offering will further strengthen this unique technology concept and enable new, exciting and energy efficient LED lighting features in the next generation of cars. “

“Providing ISELED solutions utilizing Microchip’s broad portfolio of cost efficient 8-, 16-, and 32-bit microcontrollers will enable our customers to add more value to their systems, generate great user experiences and contribute to safer driving,” said Matthias Kaestner, vice president of Microchip’s automotive business units. “Microchip’s membership in the ISELED Alliance will broaden the acceptance of this technology through our scalable microcontroller solutions with proven ISELED software drivers and a low-risk development path for our customers.”

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About the ISELED Alliance

The ISELED Alliance is an open alliance with the objective to provide an ecosystem - a complete system solution for automotive lighting – around the ISELED technology. The Alliance was announced together with ISELED on November 8th, 2016 at the electronica 2016 fair in Munich. The first products to become available include a complete demo kit. More information: www.iseled.com

About Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of microcontroller, analog, FPGA, connectivity and power management semiconductors. Its easy-to-use development tools and comprehensive product portfolio enable customers to create optimal designs which reduce risk while lowering total system cost and time to market. The company’s solutions serve more than 130,000 customers across the industrial, automotive, consumer, aerospace and defense, communications and computing markets. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at www.microchip.com.


Inova Semiconductors – Growth Champion 2019


Inova Semiconductors has been ranked by Focus magazine as one of Germany's growth champions of 2019. With its impressive annual growth rate of 22%, Inova has firmly staked its place amongst Germany’s top 500 fast-growing companies.

Robert Kraus, CEO of INOVA Semiconductors, said: "We are very proud to be ranked as one of Germany’s business success stories. It is a positive and tangible acknowledgement of our strong position in the global automotive electronics segment, founded on two key technologies: APIX, our advanced multi-channel SerDes Technology and ISELED, the revolutionary 'digital-LED' solution for functional and dynamic ambient  lighting solutions in the car"

This award is based on in-depth research by the Focus magazine utilizing data from Statista and aims to identify businesses achieving high relative annual turnover growth in the period from 2014 to 2017.

Out of nearly 2 million entries in the Commercial Register, including both private and publicly listed companies, 12150 companies have been selected and then Statista identified the top 500 fastest growing companies. To qualify, companies had to be standalone entities headquartered in Germany with a turnover of at least EUR 1.8 million in 2017 and least EUR 100,000 in 2014.

Inova is featured in the electronics, electro- and medical technology category. It has previously also appeared in the Growth Champion list in 2016 and 2018.


OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, one of the world's leading LED manufacturers, joins the ISELED Alliance


Munich, 05 October 2018 – OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, a global semiconductor manufacturer and leading provider of LED solutions, has joined the ISELED Alliance. The alliance was founded in 2016 to further develop and market the "digital LED" (controller chip with three coloured LED chips) for an innovative LED lighting concept for vehicle interiors. In addition to OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, Inova Semiconductors, Dominant Opto Technologies, Lucie Labs, Melexis, OLSA Group, NXP, TE Connectivity, the University of Pforzheim and Valeo have already joined the alliance.

The alliance aims to install a complete ecosystem with the corresponding hardware and software for the ISELED concept. The key product is a "smart" digital RGB LED in a very compact package. The focus here is not on the individual products, but on their interaction within the overall system. A special protocol ensures optimum coordination of the individual hardware and software components used by the system solution, thus guaranteeing optimum integration of the smart LED and the associated controller. Thanks to this innovative approach, not only can the LED controller be greatly simplified, but also the possibilities of in-car LED lighting systems can be significantly extended.  

With the development towards more automated and autonomous driving, the use of car interiors changes fundamentally. The interior design acquires a particular significance not only due to the possibility of visual differentiation to the competition. On the other hand, the demands on the installed light sources, in particular on LEDs, are also increasing. The new generation of automotive interior or ambient lighting uses hundreds of LEDs, usually made up of flexible strips with a large number of RGB LEDs, which in turn have to be controlled individually to create dynamic lighting effects.

In the ISELED concept, each of the "digital LEDs" consists of a red, green and blue LED chip, which are integrated together with a controller in a small package and can be daisy-chained. In total, up to 4079 of these digital LEDs can be arranged via a differential 2-wire bus with a data rate of 2 Mbps and controlled by an external controller. With a data rate of 2 Mbps and using the corresponding application software – also available from ISELED partners – fascinating lighting effects with video speed are possible.

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors will soon be introducing the first prototypes of smart RGB LEDs on the market. "A key customer advantage of these innovative smart LED components is that the complex calibration for adjusting colour location and brightness between the individual LEDs is no longer necessary," explains Hermann Senninger, Senior Marketing Manager Automotive Interior at Opto Semiconductors. "In addition, this technology also opens up many other potential applications for our customers – first for the vehicle interior and later also for the exterior."

"The addition of OSRAM Opto Semiconductors – one of the world's leading providers of innovative LED products – underscores the growing acceptance of ISELED and its ecosystem as a highly innovative and forward-looking technology," said Robert Kraus, CEO of Inova Semiconductors and a founding member of the alliance, welcoming the new member of the alliance. "With its extensive LED expertise and manufacturing know-how, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors will continue to strengthen the unique technology concept and enable new, previously unrealisable LED lighting capabilities for the next generation of vehicles."

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About the ISELED Alliance

The ISELED Alliance is an open alliance with the objective to provide an ecosystem - a complete system solution for automotive lighting – around the ISELED technology. The Alliance was announced together with ISELED on November 8th, 2016 at the electronica 2016 fair in Munich. The first products to become available include a complete demo kit. More information: www.iseled.com

About OSRAM

OSRAM, based in Munich, is a leading global high-tech company with a history dating back more than 110 years. Primarily focused on semiconductor-based technologies, our products are used in highly diverse applications ranging from virtual reality to autonomous driving and from smartphones to smart and connected lighting solutions in buildings and cities. OSRAM uses the endless possibilities of light to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities. OSRAM’s innovations enable people all over the world not only to see better, but also to communicate, travel, work and live better. OSRAM has approximately 26,400 employees worldwide as of end of fiscal 2017 (September 30) and generated revenue of more than €4.1 billion. The company is listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt and Munich (ISIN: DE000LED4000; WKN: LED 400; trading symbol: OSR). Further information can be found at www.osram.com.