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  1. Recap of a Jam-Packed Tegra Powered CES Day 1

    by , 01-09-2013 at 11:29 AM

    Tablets, telematics and gaming dominate the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show! The highlighted hardware of the show so far seems to be the brand new Tegra 4 processor from NVIDIA. The processor was on display in a series of touch displays ranging in size from 5 to 50 inches, and was shown at the heart of the new wave of gaming platforms and digital dash displays. Could the days of a Tegra-based ready built automotive platform finally be here?

    Other quick hits and misses from Day 1.

    Hits:
    -Parrot Corp has again invaded CES with a variety of embedded automotive systems. Last year I highlighted the Double-Din Android powered Asteroid system, which has seemingly been replaced by a host of new Asteroid line products. More information soon!

    -US Globalstat, makers of the popular BU-353 USB GPS module, have released a series of automotive automatation devices aimed at bringing OEM vehicle accessibility to the aftermarket.

    -Electrobit had a live demo of their EB Street Director, a QNX based telematics navigation platform. This new package, built specifically for the "Connected Car", allows real-time information updating from online content into the navigation system.

    -Vehicle Telematics and Digital Health seem to be growing components of what CES is about. Various vendors have released new lines of Telematic devices, ranging from Belkin to Verizon. Seems telematic systems will soon be mainstream.

    -Seemingly every automotive electronics affiliate misses our very own Rob Wray!

    Misses:
    -Double-DIN computing platforms are all but extinct this year. It appears that vehicle design engineers have successfully phased out the days of simple add-on systems.

    -Not much has been updated in the world of 7" touchscreen.

    -Windows CE 6.0 is still seemingly a viable platform for embedded systems.


    Much more information and photos to come!
  2. Car Computer Install: Building the Computer, Cable Management

    by , 08-22-2011 at 02:39 PM

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    Sean Clark, from mp3Car, illustrates the importance of proper cable management in any carputer build. Especially in smaller enclosures, making sure your computer has plenty of ventilation is essential. Zip ties keep the cables away from case vents and moving fans. They also make closing the case without pinching and damaging wires easy. It's important not to put pressure on delicate cables such as the motherboard power switch cable. It's also important not to put pressure on the memory when closing the case.
  3. Ford Sync version 3 at Detroit Telematics 2009

    by , 06-18-2009 at 11:43 AM

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    mp3Car's Rob Wray interviews Mark Schunder about Ford Sync Version 3

    In this video we take a ride with one of Ford's engineers to give you the technical side, and much less the marketing pitch for Ford Sync.

    Ford sync version 3 will give you the ability to speak to your vehicle and get services such as turn by turn directions, sports and weather.

    Updated 06-18-2010 at 11:44 AM by optikalefx

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  4. Elektrobit - Linux navigation at Detroit Telematics 2009

    by , 06-12-2009 at 11:58 AM

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    Rob Wray from mp3Car interviews Artur Seidel from Elektrobit.

    The following questions are addressed:

    What is Elektrobit?
    How do different navigation components work?

    If your a developer, what volumes will you need to buy into to develop with Elektrobit?

    Do you take any traffic feeds right out of the box?

    How is Elektrobit distinguish itself from the competition?

    Updated 06-18-2010 at 11:44 AM by optikalefx

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  5. mp3carís Robert Wray interviews GENIVIís board member Joel Hoffman

    by , 06-04-2009 at 05:05 PM

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    mp3car's Robert Wray interviews GENIVI's board member Joel Hoffman in a 2 part interview.
    Part 1 of 2 covers:
    What is GENIVI, How did it start?
    What are the first topics GENIVI will address?
    What is the Link between GENIVI, Linux and Moblin?
    What are the costs?

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    Part 2 of 2 covers:
    What actually is the GENIVI scope?
    What areas do you expect to cause conflict and how will association conflict be handled?
    Why are parts of development closed?

    Updated 06-18-2010 at 11:45 AM by optikalefx

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