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Automotive Pixel Link (APIX)

Inova Semiconductors is a fabless semi­conductor company and developer of the APIX technology. APIX is a serial high speed Gigabit Multichannel link to interconnect displays, cameras and control units over one single cable.

Yokohama, Japan JSAE Automotive Engineering Exposition


Inova Semiconductors demonstrated is multichannel high speed, real time video transmission technology APIX (automotive Pixel Link) with demos for automotive Infotainment and ADAS applications. The joint booth with Inova´s partner Hitachi High Technologies on the JSAE Automotive Engineering Exposition  was held on May 25th till 27th. More than 87 thousand visitors  showed their interest to the 2016 exhibition in Yokohama.

The demos will be presented also on the Engineering Exposition in Nagoya, taking place on June 29th till July 1st.

Inova will showcase APIX High-Speed Video and Data Link at JSAE Automotive Engineering Expositions

Multi-channel Communications for Automotive Applications

Munich, Germany, April 26, 2016 – At the JSAE Automotive Engineering Exposition events in Yokohoma and Nagoya, Japan, Inova Semiconductors will demonstrate a range of products based on its leading APIX SerDes (serialiser/deserialiser) technology for in-car video and data communications, including a new APIX transmitter device, an Altera HSMC daughtercard and a 3D ADAS demo.

Inova Semiconductors will be attending both events with its Japanese partner, Hitachi High-Technologies (TSE: 8036, Hitachi High-Tech). The Yokohama exposition runs from 25th to 27th May, while the Nagoya event runs from 29th June to 1st July.

Developed by Inova Semiconductors, APIX (Automotive Pixel Link) is a multi-channel technology for in-car applications, providing Gigabit-speed links that can support multiple channels.

At booth 168 (Yokohama) and booth 114 (Nagoya), Inova will show four demonstrations:

  • A new APIX2 transmitter device with HDMI input and a fully integrated display solution. Here, Inova will show an example of connectivity to a remote HD display with the transmitter board and an Indigo2-based flat-panel display. The INAP560T supports HD720p display resolutions and provides an HDMI video input interface, offering an automotive standard HSD/DACAR connector/cable solution.

  • How APIX2 compensates for cable ageing and temperature effects, to ensure optimal signal integrity between the APIX transmitter and receiver. The demo consists of an APIX2 link with a 5m cable connection between source and sink, with the compensation shown directly on cables of different age and quality.

  • An application-specific daughtercard with APIX2 transmit and receive, in the Altera high-speed mezzanine card (HSMC) format. The board will show how APIX connectivity can be achieved as an extension to the Altera FPGA development platform.

  • How APIX can be used to drive a 3D surround view for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Based on the latest SunPlus SPHE6700 audio/video processor, the demo uses four remote camera modules with Omnivison megapixel sensors, and transmits their video data using an INAP378TX APIX transmitter. At the receiving end, the data is captured with an APIX INAP378RX receiver and displayed using the 3D Round-View panoramic viewer software.

Workshop information:
Title: APIX3 - Enabling 4k UHD Video Connectivity in the car
Event: JSAE Automotive Engineering Exposition Yokohama
Venue: 2F Harbour Lounge Room 1
Time: Wednesday, May 25 from 3:40 pm - 4:10 pm.

JSAE Automotive Engineering Exposition Yokohama
Stand #168, May 25-27, 2016

JSAE Automotive Engineering Exposition Nagoya
Stand #114, June 29 to July 1, 2016

Inova announces HDMI to APIX2 bridge chip supporting two in-car video streams

Transmitter handles HD video up to 3Gbps

Inova Semiconductors announces the INAP560T, a high-speed digital multi-channel transmitter for video in vehicles. Typical applications will include infotainment, head units, rear seat entertainment systems, multimedia gateways, head-up displays and cluster instruments.

The INAP560T provides transmission at up to 3Gbps, supporting video resolutions up to 720p at 60fps, or 1080p at 30fps, with up to 24-bit colour depth.

The new device acts as an HDMI to APIX2 bridge, and is able to transmit two video streams over a single HDMI 1.4 compliant video interface, utilising the HDMI 3D functionality. The INAP560T is optimised for use with Inova’s INAP375R deserializer and other third-party APIX receiver devices.

A second variant, called INAP590T, includes two HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) encryption engines and integrated HDCP keys. These are required for transmitting encoded video and audio over the APIX2 link, for example when copy-protected movies are played in a car.  

Though being an APIX2 device the INAP560T is based on Inova’s next-generation APIX3 (Automotive Pixel Link) multi-channel SerDes (serialiser/deserialiser) technology for high resolution in-car video applications. It already provides a built-in 12 Gbps test mode, and it is pin-compatible with Inova’s forthcoming APIX3 family devices. This enables customers to create future-proof designs that can be easily migrated to APIX3 when devices become available.

Built in temperature and cable aging compensation schemes ensure robust data transmission, and an embedded AShell protocol provides automatic error correction. For reliable operation, the device includes diagnostic features including open and short detection schemes, as well as built in self-test capabilities.

Besides video, the INAP560T provides independent full-duplex data communication channels. Media Independent Interfaces (MII/RMII) mean that the INAP560T can directly connect to standard 100Mbit Ethernet media access controllers. The APIX2 link can also be used for SPI and I²C data communication, GPIOs for reset or synchronization, or up to eight audio channels.

Since the INAP560T is a low power device no passive cooling is required. The new device is provided in a small 151 pin aQFN package. It operates over an extended -40°C to  +105°C temperature range, and is qualified to the AEC Q100 automotive standard.

Samples are available now.


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