High-end automotive infotainment systems integrating data communications, location services, and video entertainment require high-performance programmable processing that can be optimally delivered by integrating FPGA coprocessors into mainstream automotive telematic system architectures. This article describes the requirements for an automotive entertainment system, discusses a mainstream system architecture, and will identify how an FPGA coprocessor can be integrated into both the hardware and software architecture to address high-performance processing requirements, flexibility requirements, and cost reduction objectives.

Reprinted with permission from Embedded Computing Design/Spring 2004. Article © OpenSystems Publishing.