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Hyundai Autonet includes Techwell chip in Grandeur infotainment system

Hyundai Autonet, Korea’s largest automotive electronics firm, has selected Techwell, Inc.’s TW8810 LCD controller for SHARP dual-view panels for use in Hyundai Autonet’s premium in-car entertainment platforms that feature the dual view AV system. The dual view AV system is installed in Hyundai’s Grandeur line of automobiles.

The infotainment system enables the driver to view a full screen of navigation content and the passenger to view a full-screen movie simultaneously on the same LCD display. Techwell's TW8810 is one of the only integrated ASIC solutions currently on the market that enables SHARP dual-view displays. In addition to supporting the SHARP dual-view functionality, the TW8810 uses 3D comb filtering, de-interlacing, scaling, and image enhancement algorithms to achieve high video quality critical in automotive infotainment display applications.

The TW8810 has integrated a number of mixed-signal analog-to-digital cores for direct support of applications including DVD entertainment, back-up camera, TV, navigation, and driver information content within the car. David Nam, Techwell’s vice president of sales and marketing, said applications such as navigation, entertainment and driver information systems are causing the proliferation of in-car LCD displays in the automotive market. “These displays are capable of displaying video and graphics signals from a variety of sources, including navigation systems, DVDs, game consoles, TV tuners and cameras,” he said.

According to Telematics Research Group, shipments of navigation, entertainment and driver information systems are expected to grow from 16.5 million units in 2004 to 47.2 million units in 2009, representing a compound annual growth rate of 23%. In addition to being incorporated into new automobiles by manufacturers, these systems are also increasingly being purchased by consumers in the aftermarket. Techwell introduced its first integrated LCD display processor in 1999.

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