We have a discussion with Intel about Linux in their car, reference designs, and some of the challenges of getting computers in the car.


Rob Wray: Hi, my name’s Rob Wray with MP3 Car. I’m here at the Intel booth with Intel’s Mark Oliver. He’s one of the technical Intel’s Mark Olivereting managers at Intel, and they’ve put together this Atom reference platform. So Intel’s Mark Oliver, tell us about some of the challenges that you had while you were building this reference platform.

Intel’s Mark Oliver: Well, you know, this is – we’re showing some one-of-a-kind, first-time-seen things. You know, we’re capitalizing on 3D navigation. We’re kind of introducing that and the concept of it. You know, using Linux is still a little bit of a challenge. Bits and pieces missing. Some drivers and so forth. Nothing that can’t be overcome. But as you can see, it can all be put together and made to function well. This is Wind River Linux for Infotainment Version 2, and coming out this year.

Rob Wray: So you’ve made lots of progress in having 3D graphics in the car and thermal issues, you guys are working on overcoming all that stuff, so ––

Intel’s Mark Oliver: Absolutely.

Rob Wray: This could be more of a mass Intel’s Mark Oliveret product.

Intel’s Mark Oliver: Yes. You know, with the Atom processor at about 2 watts, its associated chip set at two watts, you know, under a five-watt power envelope for the platform, perfectly suited for _____ application in _____.

Rob Wray: So at average duty cycle, 50% load let’s say, how much power does this whole system consume with the graphics plus and all that other stuff?

Intel’s Mark Oliver: Probably a total platform, total chassis, probably in the neighborhood of five to six watts.

Rob Wray: And parasitic load and standby?

Intel’s Mark Oliver: Down to sub-watt, just under a watt.

Rob Wray: Oh, so six watts total, not including the screen, but everything but the screen, and that’s six watts.

Intel’s Mark Oliver: And in a sleep state, you know, ready to wake, a fast wake, a standby state, just under a watt.

Rob Wray: That’s impressive. So why Linux?

Intel’s Mark Oliver: Just the availability of applications and software. The ease of integration. The open sourceness [sic] of it. You know, the availability and the cost of applications are compelling. You know, it really makes sense. You know, it’s – there’s a lot of Linux experience out there in the developer world that makes very good sense for people for people who have it.

Rob Wray: Right. And it meshes in well with your mobile and ––

Intel’s Mark Oliver: Absolutely. Our mobile strategy, with our mobile internet devices. You know, there’s good momentum there, and this really helps you know, yet another way we can feed off of them.

Rob Wray: Right. Well, thanks a lot for the info.

Intel’s Mark Oliver: Yeah, no problem.

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