Motor vehicle manufacturers are moving to utilize stretch LCDs in the automotive cockpit. The typical Hd/4K Tv you could have in your home is built to fit videos and tv material. There exist standards which outline what a ‘stretch’ monitor appears to be like but in basic, stretch screens are really huge, generally 4k or larger in width but very slender in height. This enables the display screen to wrap around the full dashboard of your car or truck, enabling true seamless eCockpit electronic encounters in motor vehicles.
The gain to the car’s driver and passenger is that the extend Liquid crystal display display features a total panoramic eCockpit encounter that can concurrently exhibit driver information this sort of as virtual speedometers, heart console controls for audio and surroundings control, and passenger details for leisure, map, navigation and a host of other functions. In addition, the large monitor actual estate makes it possible for for a provided purpose to ‘spread out’ far more on the display with added details important to the passenger or driver relatively than getting limited to a smaller sized screen’s genuine estate. This in result can cut down the total cost of the automobile as a single screen can substitute a number of smaller sized screens and their involved wiring harnesses, power supplies and controls although supplying a a lot a lot more immersive experience for the car’s travellers.
When solitary extend screens are not likely to replace all screens in the car or truck, their existence presents several additional selections for the car or truck maker to place digital information and facts essential to the driver. An instance would be ‘smart’ aspect see mirrors which are on their own LCDs with cameras. With a stretch screens larger sized canvas, the aspect look at mirrors can replicate what they see on the principal stretch monitor, lessening the range of periods the driver must physically change their head to see them outside the vehicle. With all these added benefits, stretch screens are in demand from customers, well-liked and effortless but they also have to have to make certain safety vital features continue being in-tact and obtainable to the driver.
Enter the i.MX 8QuadMax purposes processor from NXP. The i.MX 8QuadMax is a remarkably versatile pixel ‘engine’ enabling customers to make a wide wide variety of infotainment display screen ‘surfaces’ into their automobiles. At its coronary heart, the i.MX 8QuadMax has two totally-unbiased GPU and exhibit controller subsystems, just about every capable of driving 2x displays with independent material for a full of 4 shows. Even so, every screen controller has also been crafted with the ability to push horizontal widths greater than 4k which is typically observed in stretch shows. For example, i.MX 8QuadMax could travel two unbiased 4500 x 720 stretch panels with a 3rd 2048 x 1080 2K panel. The two extend panels could both be independently mounted in the motor vehicle with different content material or the auto producer could select to location them aspect by aspect, mechanically ‘bonded’ to surface as a one Lcd, presenting a whopping 9000 x 720 stretch panel. The driver and travellers would not comprehend that the single large panel is designed up of two unbiased panels. The third panel could be mounted as a heart console or most likely used as a rear seat leisure show.
Optimized product family members for fall short-secure display
The i.MX 8QuadMax is optimized for these nonstandard, panoramic resolutions from the floor up. Additional importantly, i.MX 8 and i.MX 8X households are designed with are unsuccessful-functional show capabilities. Just about every screen can be monitored for ‘glitches’ in screen content material or outright crashes of the major program software package. In that event, a different exhibit path managed by an on chip Cortex® M4 subsystem will get about and exhibit information and facts essential to the driver these types of as pace, PRDNL telltales, motor standing and fuel remaining until the trouble can be set.
Which delivers me to our CES 2020 tremendous eCockpit demonstrations. At CES 2019 we showcased the electricity of i.MX 8QuadMax in a attractive 3D printed principle dashboard implementing 2 curved, 1 extend screen and a 4th driver checking process. For CES 2020 we are likely even more by showcasing what many i.MX 8QuadMax’s can do and driving a complete of 11 shows!
This 12 months we will showcase the dashboard from 2019 with all new information from Altia optimized for twin i.MX 8Quadmax units. The dashboard will also include Clear EL Shows from Lumineq: an aftermarket Ford F-150 windshield featuring a a few-gauge In Glass Laminated Screen along with an interior Heads Up Show. The Super eCockpit will also include things like ‘smart’ rear view mirror, and sideview mirrors which are LCDs with cameras that react to the material on the principal displays. Ultimately a principle for a wireless charging dock using NXP wireless charging systems embedded following to a large touchscreen for handle of the car or truck, all pushed by i.MX 8QuadMax.
Output all set comprehensive driver checking programs from Xperi and Allgo Methods will showcase the electricity and accuracy of i.MX 8QuadMax permitting you to see it keep track of your eyes, face direction, and thoughts you are exhibiting! Last but not least a 2nd Stretch screen display screen will showcase information utilizing Unity for each a wonderful infotainment procedure as perfectly as embedding a Unity video game you can engage in. Very well, other than sleeping or catching up on work, what else are you going to do in a self-driving motor vehicle to preserve busy? Participate in game titles!
Excellent hardware calls for good computer software
At the finish of the working day, wonderful hardware requires great software package to make the consumer experience just one to recall. Which brings me to our recent announcement with Unity Systems enabling advancement of Human Machine Interface for large fidelity, immersive infotainment systems running on i.MX 8 utilizing Unity’s impressive 3D content material generation and rendering engines as properly as our current webinar with Altia, “Automotive Cockpits of the long term: One Processor, Various Displays” showcasing how to use Altia’s equipment with i.MX 8 to develop gorgeous automotive consumer interfaces successfully.
Corporations like Unity and Altia deliver optimized information rendering engines, material generation and toolchains which can be utilized to work with stretch screens and ‘normal’ resolution screens alike. The output of these powerful engines are spectacular display screen activities that have to be witnessed. Coupled with i.MX 8QuadMax’s functionality and fail-functional show safety capabilities give the customer with a seamless, lovely and protected expertise. We invite you to take a look at the NXP CES 2020 pavilion Central Plaza-18, to see them in human being!