Fujitsu Microelectronics Introduces Versatile, Feature-Rich MB88F322 Graphics Display Controller at Convergence 2008, Extending Global Leadership in Graphics Technology



    
    Latest Member of GDC Family Provides a Low-cost, Solution for a Variety of
    Hybrid Cluster Configurations

    
    DETROIT, Oct. 21 /CNW/ -- Convergence 2008 -- Fujitsu Microelectronics
America, Inc. (FMA), the industry leader in advanced graphics display control
technology, today introduced the latest member of its proven GDC family, the
MB88F322, designed to deliver best-in-class graphics performance along with
sophisticated graphics in an efficient, compact two-chip solution.
    This versatile, feature-rich device has been designed for today's most
popular display-based automotive applications including instrument clusters,
heads-up displays, central information displays, and rear-seat entertainment
systems. Functioning as a sprite engine optimized to process and animate
sprites and bitmaps in a variety of sizes and color depths, the new graphics
display controller incorporates advanced on-board features that significantly
reduce bill-of-materials cost, form factor and total system power consumption.
    The MB88F322 does not incorporate a traditional 2D/3D rendering engine,
enabling it to operate at frequencies of just 80MHz with significantly reduced
power consumption. The sprite engine also does not require the expensive frame
buffer memory typically needed for graphics rendering units. Instead the GDC
uses a simpler, less-expensive, line-buffering technique. As a result, the
device requires minimal on-board memory, which is more than enough to support
the bit maps and sprites typical in automotive applications. For splash
screens and other more complex content, the MB88F322 features run-time data
compression for expansion of run-length encoded data.
    
    Support for the APIX Interface
    
    The MB88F322 also supports the Automotive Pixel Link (APIX) interface,
which enables multiple remote display subsystems to be managed by one
controller. APIX is a serial gigabit interface from Inova Semiconductors. This
new standard for the transmission of image and peripheral data will meet the
requirements of the latest display applications in vehicles, leading to higher
performance and lower implementation costs. Fujitsu is the first silicon
vendor to integrate this new video interface into a portfolio of
microcontrollers and graphics controllers.
    The MB88F322 couples the APIX interface with other interfaces to control
LEDs, display backlights, stepper motors to control mechanical gauges, an
enhanced sound generator and on-board memory. Combined with a low-cost MCU,
the MB88322 provides a two-chip solution for a variety of low-cost cluster
configurations.
    An advanced image-processing system provides 1-, 2-, 4-, and 8-bit
indirect color palettes, along with 14-bit and 16-bit direct color modes for
finer gradient coloring. A 4/8 bit alpha-plane and dithering-and-gamma unit
ensures high image quality. The display controller supports a variety of
display sizes with resolutions up to 800 x 600 and color depths of 8-, 16- and
24-bits. An integrated programmable timing control unit (TCON) enables the
device to directly interface with a bare display panel, significantly reducing
overall system cost.
    An industry common 5-volt device, the MB88F322 includes six on-chip
stepper motor controllers (SMC), making it ideal for application in mixed
clusters that feature both TFT and traditional mechanical gauges.
    The MB88F322 also integrates on-chip pulse width modulators (PWM), ADCs,
I2C, UARTs, and a sound generator, allowing control of all the peripheral
functions (including backlight circuits, LEDs, sensors and on-board
communication) in a display subsystem.
    The combination of advanced functionality and the elimination of
frame-buffer memory means new designs can be deployed on low-cost, two-layer
boards with a minimum of external components.
    "Our experience and expertise in graphics display control technology has
enabled Fujitsu to develop a highly efficient, cost-effective generation of
graphics display controllers that sets a new performance standard for this
important class of controllers," said Dan Landeck, senior manager of
Automotive Solutions for the Automotive Business Group of Fujitsu
Microelectronics America. "The MB88F322 supports the APIX interface and
eliminates unnecessary memory while incorporating a comprehensive set of
functions that take the development of vehicle information and entertainment
systems to a new level of low power and high performance."
    
    Pricing and Availability
    
    Packaged in a low-cost 208-pin Quad-flat package (QFP), the MB88F322 is
available now. Pricing is available upon request.
    
    About Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.
    
    Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) leads the industry in
innovation. FMA provides high-quality, reliable semiconductor products and
services for the wireless, networking, consumer, automotive, and other markets
throughout North and South America. For more product information, please visit
the company's web site at http://us.fujitsu.com/micro/graphicdisplay or
address e-mail to inquiry@fma.fujitsu.com.

    
    Reference material:
    The Fujitsu MB88F322 graphics display controller fact sheet,
    http://www.fujitsu.com/downloads/MICRO/fma/pdf/MB88F322FS.pdf
    

    
    High-resolution device photo,
    http://www.fujitsu.com/downloads/MICRO/fma/product/gdc/MB88F322.zip
    
    All product names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered
trademarks.




For further information:

For further information: Emi Igarashi of Fujitsu Microelectronics
America, Inc., +1-408-737-5647, eigarash@fma.fujitsu.com; or Dick Davies of
IPRA, +1-415-652-7515, ipra@mindspring.com, for Fujitsu Microelectronics
America, Inc. Web Site: http://www.fma.fujitsu.com                
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