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New TWIN SerDes devices in the APIX3 family from Inova Semiconductors

Two-channel transmitters enable independent, simultaneous transmission of various video, audio and data content in real time at up to 6 Gbps

Munich, 20 February 2019 – Two new APIX3 SerDes TWIN transmitters, each with two independent transmission channels, are now available from Inova Semiconductors. APIX (Automotive Pixel Link) is a multi-channel SerDes (serializer/deserializer) technology developed by Inova for high-resolution video applications in motor vehicles. Typical applications for the new APIX3 chips are infotainment and entertainment systems, as well as instrument clusters and head-up displays in vehicles. The latest APIX3 generation can host multiple display connections with bandwidths of up to 12 Gbps and supports HD and Ultra HD displays.

The latest additions to the APIX3 family are the INAP562TAQ transmitters with HDMI 1.4a (with 3D support) and DSI 1.2 video interface and the INAP564TAQ with two DSI 1.2 video interfaces. Both transmitters differ only in terms of the video inputs and are otherwise compatible. Each of these transmitters can provide two APIX3 links via STP or coaxial cable with the INAP562R receiver already available. This means that one transmitter can control two receivers with completely independent image and data content, which previously required two transmitter devices. This results in reduced system costs and a smaller space requirement on the transmitter-side control unit.

The devices support various EMC-friendly operating modes with fixed bandwidths of 1.5; 3 or 6 Gbps in single-lane mode, with a fixed back channel of 187.5 Mbps.

The new chips 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 color depths up to 30 bits are possible. The available DSI interfaces also allow the transmission of DSC compressed video data with a future-proof available video bandwidth of up to 28.8 Gbps.

The chips 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 device configuration and data transmission is also available.

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 to the cable medium used. This ensures very robust, stable and optimized transmission. With its many diagnostic capabilities, APIX3 supports safety-related applications and meets the requirements of the automotive industry with regard to electromagnetic immunity and resistance.

The two new APIX3 transmitters are available now. The chips are qualified to AEC-Q100, operate in a wide temperature range from -40 °C to +105 °C and are supplied by Inova in a 151-pin aQFN package. They are pin-compatible with the already available single-channel APIX3 transmitters INAP563TAQ and INAP565TAQ. The devices are also available as variants with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection). The APIX3 technology has been licensed to Socionext by Inova.

Inova Semiconductors presents the new APIX3 devices at Embedded World 2019 (Hall 3A, Booth 310)

Inova will demonstrate latest advancements in the Area of APIX and ISELED technologies at embedded world in Nürnberg, from February 26 – 28, 2019

Observe demonstrations of system solutions for Infotainment and Advanced Interior Lighting

We will demonstrate:
ISELED Light Matrix and Dynamic Display Backlight
APIX3 Twin 6 Gbps Links
APIX3 12 Gbps Display Link
Cockpit of the Future – a Symbiosis of ISELED and APIX!

The Inova Team with its technical experts is looking forward to meet you there!

Hall 3A, Booth 310

Thomas Rothhaupt of Inova will be speaking at the electronic displays conference that will be held during the course of the embedded world exhibition.

Presentation title: ISELED – A  Approach to Ambient Lighting and Display Matrix Backlight in Automotive Applications
Session 3: Future Automotive Displays & Optimization
Date of presentation: Wednesday, 27 February 2019 at 16:15 hrs.

If you would like to arrange a meeting at embedded world with Inova, please contact info[at]inova-semiconductors[dot]de.

ISELED – the “Digital LED” for a new dimension of light

                  April 5th, 2019 in Munich

Introduced at electronica 2016, this concept of a truly “Digital LED” has since gone through a remarkable evolution. Besides being a groundbreaking technology, the key to high acceptance of ISELED was (and is) the concept behind it: not just to launch a product but to present a compelling system solution, an ecosystem, right from the beginning and to expand it more and more over time.

This is exactly the mission that the ISELED Alliance has impressively implemented to this day. Starting with five founding members in autumn 2016, it has now grown to 22 members – industry leaders but also smaller, specialized lighting companies that together cover the entire value chain in this market. They are supporting ISELED on its way to becoming a standard across the lighting industry.
At this 2nd ISELED Conference, industry experts will talk about the latest trends in automotive lighting. With influences also taken from living spaces, light has evolved into a key design element for car interiors and – even more – is also about to take over functional tasks. In a kind of symbiosis with displays, lighting will become an integral part of the visualization concept for tomorrow’s autonomous cars.
The ISELED Alliance is prepared for this move and will present solutions at the conference – also beyond the interior lighting that ISELED was initially designed for. There are new LED and System-on-Chip (SoC) products, a dynamic display LED-backlight which one editor spontaneously called the “OLED killer” and, last but not least, a new field bus to connect light, sensors and actuators via one link. This is the upcoming ISELED Communication Network (ICN).
Finally, this 2nd ISELED Conference will not be a “PowerPoint Event”: most of the solutions will actually be presented by the Alliance members at the conference exhibition.
A busy conference day with a rich agenda – the ISELED Alliance warmly invites you to attend!