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Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe and OASIS SiliconSystems AG, a leader in Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) technology, have formed a collaboration to develop reference designs for Multimedia Car Systems including Fujitsu's MPEG Encoder. The new products are called VideoCompressor 4 MOST and DVDPlayer 4 MOST.


In addition, mycable, an innovative R&D company focussed on embedded multimedia, control and network systems, is using several Fujitsu components in its projects. In particular it is concentrating on the receiver element of a MOST system entitled the "XXS3HC", which includes Fujitsu's SmartMPEG and Coral P graphic display controller.


The complete multimedia system consisting of VideoCompressor 4 MOST and XXS3HC is being demonstrated on Fujitsu's stand 571, Hall 12 at Embedded World 2004 (Nürnberg, 17 – 19 Feb.) in order to show the availability of a MOST-based audio/video broadcasting and transcoding system.


“The combination of Fujitsu’s MPEG devices with MOST technology from OASIS brings a new dimension to Multimedia Car Systems,” commented Johannes Richter, Multimedia Director at Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe.


“As global car manufacturers adopt the MOST standard, they require one-stop technical solutions that deliver superior performance, low price points, and ease of implementation,” said Herbert Hetzel, President and CEO. “By working together, Fujitsu and OASIS can accelerate time-to-market for our customers in providing the means to deliver new classes of MOST-enabled embedded in-car consumer solutions.”


mycable’s XXS3HC is a modular evaluation development and prototyping system for high-end embedded multimedia systems based on credit card size modules with a high density PCI interface. Michael Carstens-Behrens, Managing Director at mycable says “mycable’s XXS3HC combines a high level of system integration and performance with low power consumption, scalability and cost efficiency."


Fujitsu offers market-leading MPEG devices, the MPEG Encoder (MB86391) and MPEG-2 Decoder (MB86H22) - also called SmartMPEG, which fulfil critical requirements for silicon components used in automotive applications, e.g. extended temperature range, and low power dissipation.


Both devices, when combined with the Fujitsu Graphic Display Controllers (GDC), such as the Coral P, provide a complete solution for Car Navigation and Entertainment Systems.


MOST: The Automotive Industry’s Networking Technology Standard

Based on a fibre-optic bus, MOST has emerged as the automotive industry’s high-speed digital networking standard. It serves as the backbone technology of in-car infotainment systems. The use of the MOST networking technology permits car manufacturers and suppliers to easily add a host of multimedia devices, such as CD players, AM/ FM radios, TVs, DVD players, navigation systems, cell phones, and in-car PCs, as modular functions in the automotive environment, while meeting the specific requirements of any vehicle.


Already cars like the Audi A8, the BMW 7, 5 and 6 series, the E and S class of Mercedes-Benz up to the superior models of Rolls-Royce and Maybach, and also the Smart Roadster, amongst others, contain a MOST network, a total of 20 models at the end of 2003. It is set to reach more car models in the mid-range platforms like the Daimler A and C class, and the BMW 1 and 3 series bringing mass-produced MOST cars onto the road in 2004.


About Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe

Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) is a major supplier of semiconductor and display products. The company provides advanced systems solutions to the automotive, digital TV, mobile telephony, networking and industrial markets. Engineers from design centres dedicated to microcontrollers, mixed-signal, wireless, FRAM, multi-media ICs and ASIC products work closely with FME’s marketing and sales teams throughout Europe to help satisfy customers’ system development requirements.


This solutions approach is supported by a broad range of advanced semiconductor devices, IP and building blocks as well as leading-edge LCDs and Plasma Display Panels. For more information visit Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe's website at http://www.fme.fujitsu.com


About OASIS

Since 1996, OASIS SiliconSystems AG has developed and marketed mixed-signal integrated circuits and opto-electronic systems for the networking of multimedia components to the automotive industry. With Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) technology developed by the company’s founders, up to 64 different multimedia peripheral devices such as CD player or changer, mobile phone, AM/ FM radio, TV, DVD player, navigation system and board computer as well as microphone, loudspeaker, monitor or flat screen and much more can easily be networked in one segment. OASIS offers not only real-time systems for the present, but also provides customer-oriented total solutions for the future. In addition to the current focus on the automotive environment, OASIS is also broadening into other markets. For more information, please visit the OASIS website at www.oasis.com


About the MOST Cooperation

The concept for the MOST Cooperation began as an informal cooperative effort in 1997. Since the Cooperation was founded in 1998, 20 international car manufacturers and more than 50 key component suppliers are now working with MOST technology and contributing towards its innovation. Through the MOST Cooperation, all members combine their expertise and ambitious efforts to establish and refine a common standard for today and tomorrow's needs of automotive multimedia networking. The web site is www.mostcooperation.com


About mycable GmbH

mycable is an R&D company focussed on embedded multimedia system development based on high-end RISC microprocessors, graphic accelerators and MPEG codecs. As an expert in terms of system architecture, mycable provides consultancy, system development services, and product development and production services for the automotive, consumer, networking and industrial application area. For more information visit www.mycable.de


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