acrosser Technology Co. Ltd, a global professional industrial and Embedded Computerprovider, announces the newMini-ITX mainboard, AMB-D255T3, which carries the Intel dual- core 1.86GHz Atom Processor D2550. AMB-D255T3 features onboard graphics via VGA and HDMI, DDR3 SO-DIMM support, PCI slot, mSATA socket with SATA & USB signals, and ATX connector for easy power in. AMB-D255T3 also provides complete I/O such as 6 x COM ports, 6 x USB2.0 ports, 2 x GbE RJ-45 ports, and 2 x SATA port.
AMB-D255T3 can support dual displays via VGA, HDMI or 18-bit LVDS. AMB-D255T3 has one MiniPCIe type slot and one PCI for customer’s expansion. The MiniPCIe slot works with SATA and USB signals that can be equipped with mSATA storage module.
AMB-D255T3 is certainly an excellent solution for applications that require powerful computing while still maintaining low-power consumption in a small form factor motherboard and has a complete set of I/O functions. Users can deploy the system solution with this fan-less mainboard easily. Ideally, it is a fast time-to-market weapon for system integrators.
‧ Intel Atom D2550 1.86GHz
‧ 1 x DDR3 SO-DIMM up to 4GB
‧ 1 x VGA
‧ 1 x HDMI
‧ 1 x 18-bit LVDS
‧ 6 x USB2.0
‧ 6 x COM
‧ 2 x GbE (Realtek RTL8111E)
‧ 1 x PS/2
‧ 1 x KB/MS
‧ 1 x MiniPCIe slot
‧ 1 x PCI slot
‧ 2 x SATA ll
‧ 8-bit GPIO
Challenges with Android in the car
In 2012, for the first time in its 26-year history, the J.D. Power Auto Quality Study found that the embedded system is now the biggest source of problems in new cars. Therefore, OEMs are justifiably concerned with the reliability, stability, and security of Android.
Android’s extremely large source code base coupled with its open source development model results in extreme churn – literally thousands of edits per day across Android and its underlying Linux kernel. This guarantees a steady flow of vulnerabilities. A quick search of the U.S. CERT National Vulnerability Database turns up numerous vulnerabilities of varying severity for in-vehicle infotainment systems. Here is a sampling of the worst offenders:
We point these particular vulnerabilities out because they fall into the highest severity category of remote exploitability. They are used by hackers to root Android phones and tablets, and automotive manufacturers want to ensure that the same vulnerabilities do not threaten Android- or Linux-based infotainment systems.
Another concern with Android is driver/passenger safety. Automotive electronics architecture is in the midst of a major trend reversal: Instead of adding more and more processors for new functions, disparate functions are being consolidated into a smaller number of high-performance multicore processors in order to reduce size, weight, power, and component/wiring cost. Processor consolidation is leading safety-critical systems to be integrated with infotainment. The consolidation trend is aided by next-generation, performance-efficient multicore processor platforms, such as the “Jacinto” and OMAPprocessor families including TI’s OMAP 5 platform, which offers a dual-core, power-efficient ARM Cortex-A15 processing architecture.
Additionally, such mixed-criticality system consolidation, for example, includes OEMs looking to host real-time clusters, rear-view cameras, and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) within the center stack computer. Next-generation Android infotainment systems must ensure that applications and multimedia seamlessly interact with safety functions, and pose no risks to passengers.