Freescale and ALPS Announce Collaboration for Auto Infotainment and Telematics Solutions Based on i.MX Platforms

  Freescale and ALPS Announce Collaboration for Auto Infotainment and
  Telematics Solutions Based on i.MX Platforms

Collaboration will offer automotive OEMs and tier one suppliers a broad range
of scalable automotive communication solutions based on advanced i.MX
technology

FTF Japan 2012

Business Wire

TOKYO -- October 23, 2012

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) and Alps Electric Co. of Japan today
announced their commitment to work together to develop automotive infotainment
and telematics solutions based on the Freescale i.MX 6 series of applications
processors. Alps Electric Co.’s market-proven, automotive-qualified
connectivity modules will leverage the rich peripheral I/O available on
high-performance and scalable i.MX 6 series applications processors to provide
comprehensive platforms targeting next-generation driver information systems.

With this collaboration, automakers and tier one suppliers of infotainment and
telematics systems can access a broad range of ready-to-use, cost-effective
connectivity solutions for their next-generation systems using Freescale i.MX
6 series applications processors. ALPS solutions based on i.MX 6 series
silicon, as well as the Freescale SABRE platform for automotive infotainment,
are sampling for HD, DAB radio, AM/FM radio and Bluetooth®/WLAN combination
modules. Offerings for 2G/3G/LTE, GNSSTM module and other technologies are
planned for the near future.

As automobiles continue to evolve into the ultimate smart mobile device,
connectivity options have grown increasingly important. Consumer demand is
strong for in-vehicle displays that enable safe and convenient access to and
control of the content and features of their smartphones, tablets and mobile
music players. Successful next-generation infotainment and telematics systems
must go beyond connectivity for commonly used features like AM/FM and
Bluetooth to also support onboard network connectivity with WLAN and digital
radio (HD/DAB).

Advancing automotive connectivity in this manner presents systems designers
with new and unique challenges, which Freescale and ALPS are working to solve.
The result is a range of solutions designed to dramatically speed and simplify
the development of connected, highly compelling automotive displays.

A longtime leader in automotive silicon, Freescale supplies infotainment and
telematics applications processors to six of the top 10 automotive OEMs. The
company’s i.MX 6 series products integrate a rich set of peripheral I/Os and
drivers to support numerous operating systems. The Freescale SABRE platform
for automotive infotainment based on i.MX 6 processors is planned for
availability in November 2012.

ALPS has a proven track record of supplying world-class automotive
connectivity solutions to top automotive OEMs worldwide. Leveraging this
expertise, ALPS has developed independent modular connectivity solutions that
can be used with Freescale i.MX 6 series silicon and the SABRE platform for
automotive infotainment very early in the evaluation process. ALPS provides
systems designers the option of production-level connectivity modules, or an
integrated board solution from Freescale and ALPS, which seamlessly integrates
hardware design support, driver development and communication stacks.

“Our i.MX 6 series of automotive applications processors provide optimal
performance and best-in-class graphics for automotive infotainment and
telematics applications,” said David M. Uze, a Freescale vice president and
president of Freescale Semiconductor Japan. “The comprehensive lineup of ALPS
connectivity modules enhances the capabilities of our i.MX 6 series products
and SABRE platform for automotive infotainment. By collaborating closely with
ALPS, our joint customers can leverage advanced design solutions engineered to
unleash innovation and compelling new functionalities for end-users.”

Leveraging its heritage of high-frequency circuit and simulation technologies,
ALPS has developed the UGKZ2 series automotive Bluetooth/WLAN combination
module and extended its proven portfolio of DAB and HD radio tuners, which are
combined with Freescale's SABRE platform for automotive infotainment to help
customers reduce development cycles and better address market needs. ALPS is
also developing GNSS and LTE modules based on Freescale silicon and plans to
release them in the near future.

"In working closely with Freescale Semiconductor, ALPS continues to evolve its
connectivity offerings to address the rapidly changing demands of the
automotive infotainment market segment," said Yoshitada Amagishi, director and
general manager of ALPS’ Engineering Division. "Through our collaboration, we
are able to bring a flexible and modular lineup of ready-to-use connectivity
solutions to be used in conjunction with Freescale's latest range of i.MX
automotive application processors."

The connectivity solutions developed by ALPS based on Freescale processors
are:

  *FM/AM tuner: Samples available now
  *HD radio: Samples available now
  *DAB tuner: Samples available now
  *Bluetooth/WLAN combination module: Samples available now
  *GNSS module: Samples planned for availability in April 2013
  *2G/3G/LTE module: Samples planned for availability in Q4 2013

About the Freescale i.MX 6 series

The i.MX 6 series includes single-, dual- and quad-core families based on the
ARM® Cortex™-A9 architecture, and together with a robust ecosystem, provides
the ideal platform to develop a portfolio of end devices based on a single
hardware design. With high-performance multimedia processing, pin- and
software- compatible product families and integrated power management, the
i.MX 6 series is purpose-built for the new era of automotive infotainment,
reconfigurable graphics instrument clusters and smart consumer devices.

About ALPS

Alps Electric is a leading electronics component manufacturer, and since its
foundation in 1948 has supplied around 40,000 types of electronic components
to over 2,000 manufacturers of home appliances, mobile devices, automobiles,
and industrial equipment all over the world. ALPS has developed proprietary
high-frequency circuit and simulation technologies and is committed to promote
innovations and to identify market needs and technological trends. Therefore,
they can develop and deliver optimized products through quick and precise
responses to customer needs and their changes. Currently, ALPS focuses on
development of power-efficient "green" devices to support the creation of
low-carbon, digital societies. For more information, visit www.alps.com.

About Freescale

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing
solutions, providing industry leading products that are advancing the
automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From microprocessors
and microcontrollers to sensors, integrated circuits and connectivity – our
technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world
greener, safer, more connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets
include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next wireless
infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer
appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas,
and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations
around the world. www.freescale.com

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Contact:

Freescale Semiconductor
Americas
Jack Taylor, 512-996-5161
Mobile: 512-560-7143
jack.taylor@freescale.com
or
Asia-Pacific
Gloria Shiu, (85-22) 666-8237
gloria.shiu@freescale.com
or
Europe, Middle East and Africa
Laurent Massicot, +33 (0)1 69 10 48 05
laurent.massicot@freescale.com
or
India
Anjali Srivastava, (91-120) 395-0000
anjali.srivastava@freescale.com
or
Japan
Kiyomi Masuda, (81-3) 5437-9392
kiyomi.masuda@freescale.com
 
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