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Inova Semiconductors launches mezzanine card for APIX automotive video development using Intel FPGAs


Easy-to-use card cuts time to market

Nuremburg, Germany, March 13, 2017 – At the Embedded World exhibition, Inova Semiconductors today announced a new high speed mezzanine card for Intel® Cyclone® V FPGA boards.

The new transceiver card has been co-developed by Inova and the Intel Programmable Solutions Group, and enables engineers to easily set up hardware for testing and system development with the APIX2 automotive video interface. It can be connected to any Intel FPGA development board with a High-Speed Mezzanine Card (HSMC) connector, which enables system development with Intel FGPAs and System-on-Chips (SoCs). A design example has been developed for receiving and merging APIX2 camera video streams and sending them over an APIX2 link, and will be available at the Intel Design Store.

APIX2 is Inova’s SerDes (serializer/deserializer) technology for video and data communication in vehicles. It provides high-speed differential data transmission over a quad twisted pair (QSTP) cable, with bandwidth up to 3Gbps. APIX2 is the second generation of the proven Automotive Pixel Link (APIX) standard, and is ideal for automotive display and camera applications.

Michael Hendricks, director for the Automotive business in the Intel Programmable Solutions Group, said, “The APIX2 HSMC add-on card enables the interfacing of cameras and displays to Intel FPGAs via long-reach APIX2 interfacing, thus enabling the development of feature-rich next-generation cockpit experiences.”

Product capabilities

The APIX2 High Speed Mezzanine Card can simultaneously stream multiple digital video signals, as well as 100 Mbps bidirectional Ethernet data traffic and SPI control data, over robust APIX cable connections into and out of a FPGA.

The two on-board Inova INAP375RAQ receiver devices accept video streams with resolutions of up 1600x600 pixels and refresh rates of up to 100Hz. Their flexible video interface is configurable to handle one or two independent video streams each, which gives a total of up to four video input streams.

The on-board Inova INAP375TAQ transmitter can send 18- or 24-bit video with a resolution of up to 1600x600 pixels, 24-bit color depth and refresh rates of up to 100Hz to a display using the OpenLDI digital video interface.

The card’s RJ45 10/100 Ethernet port enables it to send and receive data traffic over the APIX2 link of the transmitter and receiver #1, via a Media Independent Interface (MII). It can also be used to send IP video traffic over the APIX2 links.

In camera applications, the cameras can be powered remotely through Power over APIX (PoA) using the card’s power regulator.

Additional features

The APIX2 transmitter device includes an HSD® (High Speed Data) connector for a QSTP cable, as well as an LVDS interface via the HSMC connector from the FPGA.

Each of the two APIX2 receiver devices include an HSD® (High Speed Data) connector for a QSTP cable. There is a parallel video interface of each receiver to the FPGA via the HSMC connector.

The new card also features an SPI port and STATUS pin connected to the FPGA.

The mezzanine card will be available in Q1 2017.

It will be on display at the Embedded World exhibition, Nuremburg, Germany from March 14-16, 2017. Inova is at Hall 4A, Booth 424.


ISELED Alliance welcomes IoT innovator Lucie Labs as new member


The Internet of Things platform comes to the automotive LED alliance

Nuremburg, Germany, March 14, 2017 – ISELED, the open alliance formed to create innovative LED-related products and solutions for the automotive market, announces that Lucie Labs has joined it as a new member.

Lucie Labs will take its place alongside the founding partners of the ISELED Alliance: Inova, Dominant Opto Technologies, NXP, TE Connectivity and Pforzheim University. It will complement the solutions of existing ISELED members by contributing its IoT software platform, including firmware, a software development kit (for iOS and Android) and a cloud environment.

The ISELED Alliance is developing LED-related products and solutions based on an entirely new in-car LED lighting concept, which integrates a smart LED driver with three color LEDs into a tiny package. This drives down costs, simplifies control, and expands the functionality of LED lighting and display solutions.

Robert Kraus, CEO at Inova Semiconductors, said, “The synergies between ISELED members and Lucie Labs will ensure full interoperability of Lucie Labs’ solution in the automotive market, and fast-track its synthesis into motor vehicles by offering a fully integrated solution.”

Yan Lee-Dajoux, CEO and co-founder of Lucie Labs, said, “We are honored to have joined the ISELED Open Alliance and are truly excited about implementing our IoT Platform to further advance this modern in-car ambient lighting solution; I have no doubt that ISELED will be a great success.”

Lucie Labs is a French Internet of Things (IoT) startup that creates, develops and distributes tools and technologies via its IoT software platform. It enables its customers to transform traditional items into smart, connected, interactive and useful objects, and generates data that can be used to create a new generation of predictive services.

By integrating the Lucie Labs technology into the ISELED Alliance solution, new ambient lighting possibilities focused on creating a holistic user experience are made possible. For example, ambient lighting can be used in multiple new use cases: convenience and comfort, entertainment and infotainment, safety and security, branding and design, and communications and interconnectivity.

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About the ISELED Alliance

The ISELED Alliance develops LED-related products and solutions based on a new in-car LED lighting concept, which integrates a smart LED driver with three color LEDs into a tiny package. This drives down costs, simplifies control, and expands the functionality of LED lighting and display solutions. Founding members are Inova Semiconductors, Dominant Opto Technologies, NXP, TE Connectivity and Pforzheim University.


Inova will demonstrate latest advancements in the Area of APIX and ISELED technologies at embedded world in Nürnberg, from March 14th to 16th 2017


Munich - February 16th, 2017
– The APIX Gigabit link from Inova Semiconductors is an established technology in the automotive industry also licensed by the major semiconductor manufacturers Fujitsu, Toshiba, Analog Devices and Cypress. In the meantime its 3rd generation of technology is available, allowing advanced point to point links at up to 12 Gbps.

APIX links are used whenever displays or cameras are to be reliably connected to ECUs (Electronic Control Unit). Typically, this is for Infotainment and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.

Built on its automotive communication competence Inova announced in November together with some partners the ISELED open alliance entering the field of ambient lighting solutions for automotive. This Technology will also be demonstrated at the show.

Inova will demonstrate a selection of latest products using the APIX technology “in action” at Inova’s booth in hall 4A, stand 424:

Following are our demonstrations

1. APIX3 – Full HD video transmission over 6 Gbps CoaX cable
- 1920x1080x24bit@60Hz full HD Video
- 10m CoaX cable.

2. ISELED – Ambient Light demo
- ISELED conceptional demonstrator

3. ViGo – Remote Display with Functional Safety
- Head Unit (Laptop, ViGo Box with INAP375T) visualizes status of Indigo 2 in display
- Backlight can be controlled from HU over APIX link or on display
- Flash Programming
- Remote programming of Indigo2 Flash from Head Unit over APIX
- Safety Features
- Watchdog and Alive features from Head Unit over APIX
- Functionality of Indigo2 signature unit
- Camera Safety features realized with Indigo2 signature unit
- Multi Touch
- Indigo2 to Head Unit data traffic over APIX2 Ethernet channel

4. INAP560T – HDMI to APIX2 Bridge connected to a Fully integrated display solution
- INAP560TAQ Transmitter board and “Indigo2” based Automotive Display
- HDMI video input interface
- Automotive Standard HSD/DACAR connector/cable solution
- Fully integrated display panel solution = Indigo2 (APIX2 RX, Timing Control, Panel Control all integrated in
  single chip Graphic Display Controller)

5. Intel HSMC board – Camera Demo
- Intel FPGA development platform
- APIX2 specific “HSMC” (High-Speed Mezzanine Card) with 2 RX and 1 TX link
- 2 cameras and display connected via the respective APIX link solutions

Conference Speaker
Thomas Rothhaupt and Markus Römer of Inova will be speaking at the electronic displays conference that will be held during the course of the embedded world exhibition.

  • Presentation title: Next Generation Automotive Cockpit Display Solutions Meeting Automotive ASIL Requirements
    Session: Display Interfaces
    Date of presentation: Wednesday, 15 March 2017 at 16:00 hrs.
    Presenter: Thomas Rothhaupt
  • Presentation title: Revolutionay Digital LED concept for Automotive Illumination Applications
    Session: Automotive Displays 2
    Date of presentation: Thursday, 16 March 2017 at 11:00 hrs.
    Presenter: Markus Römer

If you would like to arrange a meeting at embedded world with Inova, please contact info[at]inova-semiconductors[dot]de.