Socionext and Inova sign fourth generation APIX licence deal
Socionext has licensed a fourth generation of APIX technology from Inova Semiconductors for its next next-gen smart Display controllers.
Socionext was the first manufacturer to license the APIX interface for its smart display controller and a number of other products and subsequently was also the first licensee of APIX2 and APIX3.
Socionext has continuously expanded its portfolio of display controllers and SoCs with APIX interfaces over the years, thereby covering the need for ever more networked and more sophisticated display architectures in vehicles.
With this in mind, the fourth generation of smart display controllers has already been developed with the designation SC172x.
The first samples will be available by 2Q 2022. For the first time, the extended features of the fourth generation also include a repeater function where several graphic controllers can be cascaded.
This enables new architectures such as panoramic displays in the dashboard where there is a clear trend towards ever larger or multi-display applications.
Moreover, new functionalities such as Local Dimming and Warping-on-the-fly will be implemented in order to support more demanding requirements and to achieve system integration.
The new smart display controllers will be used in vehicles from 2025/2026 and will continue the success story of the partnership of more than two decades between Socionext and Inova Semiconductors.
APIX licensed products from other manufacturers and Inova Semiconductors’ own products, means there are around 150 million chips with APIX interfaces currently in use in the vehicles of numerous manufacturers worldwide. Well over 50 million of them are from Socionext alone, which has played a very important part in the great success of APIX.
“Socionext has successfully integrated APIX technology into its smart display controllers and other products over several generations, so that it is now fair to speak of a de facto standard,” says Socionext’s Koichi Yamashita, “thanks to the high flexibility and the scalable bandwidths, a wide variety of applications can be served in the car – from inexpensive, simple information displays through to sophisticated infotainment systems to safety-relevant instrument clusters.”