DETROIT - Motorola Inc.'s MGT5100 chip for driver information systems will give Tier 1 electronics suppliers three times more power than its first-generation MPC823e chip.
That power can be used to add functionality, make existing functions work faster, or do both. For example, the MGT5100 could support the recognition of about 5,000 words in a voice-recognition system, while its predecessor could handle only about 500 words.
The MGT5100 was designed for automotive applications. Although its primary target is driver-information systems, Motorola expects it will have additional uses in powertrain applications. For driver-information systems, the new chip can enable high-resolution graphics for navigation systems, as well as Internet connectivity. Although body electronics are not the primary target market, Tier 1 suppliers have had discussions with Motorola about how they can use it to power occupant-sensor systems. High-volume production of the MGT5100 is expected to start next year, although Motorola expects to ship small quantities to customers at the end of this year for prototypes. The chip is estimated to cost less than $28 per unit in production volume buys.
The MGT5100's launch is scheduled for Oct. 1 at the Intelligent Transportation Show in Sydney, Australia. The technology already has been shown to the company's major customers.
Motorola's introduction of this second-generation chip comes before its first-generation product has made its way into a production vehicle. The company said it has a large number of customers committed to using the first-generation 823e in production vehicles. However, these vehicles are not scheduled to hit the market until late this year or early 2002. The customers' names were not disclosed.
Motorola is confident Tier 1 suppliers will migrate to the new chip, said Bill Pfaff, director of driver information systems for Motorola's semiconductor transportation systems group in Austin, Texas.