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Automotive gauge cluster design runs Linux

Jun 10, 2009, 01:32 (3 Talkback[s])

"The design was a collaborative effort with Freescale Semiconductor, which furnished its telematics-focused MPC5121e SoC. The MPC5121e is built on 90nm CMOS technology for low power consumption, and integrates a 400MHz PowerPC, 2D/3D graphics core, and a programmable media-processing core optimized for real-time audio functions (see farther below for more information).

"Like Ford's new SmartGauge cluster designed for its 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, the Yazaki design offers a dynamic GUI interface to simulate analog instrumentation and report on a variety of telematics and related information in a small space. Yakuzi offers a more three-dimensional effect by displaying indicators, fuel gauge, and speedometer information on different levels, as well as adding tunnels and a tapered bezel over the LCD, says Yazaki."

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