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.
On the 2nd of March 2015, Socionext - a joint venture between Fujitsu Limited, Panasonic Corporation and the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) - was launched. Socionext Inc. consolidates the LSI business of Fujitsu and Panasonic with capital contribution from DBJ.
The products of APIX license holder Fujitsu Semiconductor such as Indigo, Jade-D, Emerald-P, and ApCo – just to name a few – were transferred to Socionext.
This is the continuation of a success story that started almost 8 years ago. In September 2007, Fujitsu Semiconductor and Inova Semiconductors announced their cooperation by Fujitsu licensing Inova’s APIX technology. Since then, Fujitsu has launched a remarkable portfolio of APIX license products, including products with the APIX2 interface in 2009. After Fujitsu - as the pioneer and now the biggest licensee of APIX - other manufacturers such as Toshiba, Analog Devices and Spansion have followed. As a result of this, today there are - together with Inova’s own APIX products - some 25 million APIX nodes “on the road” making APIX a highly popular Gbps automotive communication link technology. Other manufacturers have also been attracted to offer their solutions around APIX, thus forming the ever growing APIX ecosystem: manufacturers of test and measurement equipment such as Telemotive, Göpel, Ruetz, Alfamation and Tektronix as well as Leoni as cable and connector manufacturers Rosenberger and Tyco Connectivity. Even the first automotive camera modules with the APIX interface from the German company Silicon Micro Sensors or the Taiwanese company Hawyang are on the market.
Inova and its partners are set to continue the APIX success story with the latest APIX generation – APIX3 – already on the horizon. We now welcome aboard a new member with a great APIX legacy - Socionext !