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PCS-8220 Car PC fits single-DIN space

2006-12-19  Taipei,Taiwan
Portwell, Inc., a member of the Intel® Communications Alliance (ICA), announces its PCS-8220, an Intel proof-of-concept, single-DIN, in-vehicle embedded Car PC infotainment system. Based on the Intel ECX (Embedded Compact Extended) form factor, Portwell PCS-8220 supports multiple infotainment interfaces -- including integrated DVB-T/FM tuner, Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS to meet the requirements of applications such as audio and video media, navigation, Internet access and email. The unit also supports dual-display for CRT, LVDS or TV-out. The PCS-8220 debuted at the recent Fall 2006 Intel Developer Forum (IDF) held in Taipei, Taiwan and Shanghai, China.

Compact Form Factor and Multimedia Enriched Features

"Portwell co-developed this in-vehicle infotainment reference system with Intel as a proof-of-concept", explains Don Chang, President of Vertical Market Service Business Unit, Portwell, Inc. "The reference design is based on the Intel® 915GM chipset and Celeron® M processor in order to achieve the best performance per watt and performance per cubic meter advantage that has become increasingly important in today’s embedded environment. In addition to space and thermal constraints", adds Chang, "modern embedded infotainment systems require multimedia features such as HD Video and Audio, and strong processing performance such as GPS navigation. The PCS-8220 addresses these needs. In addition, the modular rear I/O architecture is easily customized to provide greater flexibility and speed OEMs time to market."

Optimal Thermal Management and Minimal Shock and Vibration

The PCS-8220 is designed to dissipate heat efficiently in a closed environment such as a motor vehicle by using the air in the passenger compartment to reduce the internal temperature of the unit itself. "We also looked at key areas of the PCS-8220 to minimize shock and vibration by applying shock absorbing pads and spring-loaded fasteners at the critical points", says Eddie Hou, AVP of Vertical Market Service Business Unit, Portwell, Inc. "We implemented a unique power supply unit that worked with the ignition control and utilized DC power from the car battery. Once we had perfected the mechanics", continues Hou, "we turned our attention to aspects of display and physical connectivity."

Portwell PCS-8220 supports dual independent displays so that passengers in both the front and rear seats can view the different video. Six USB ports provide versatile expansion such as GPS navigation, peripheral integration and a proprietary rear I/O design provides increased flexibility."We also optimized the BIOS to meet the particular needs of an embedded infotainment system", explains Hou, "such as Quick Boot and Silent Boot. All in all, we believe that the PCS-8220 provides a ready-to-use compact in-vehicle infotainment platform with multimedia enriched, an efficient thermal solution, and the flexibility for future expansion."

Extensive Technical Design Knowledge

Eric Chan, Intel IPD (Infrastructure Processor Division) Marketing Director, Asia, pointed out that Portwell being selected to design and manufacture 1-Din In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) reference system due to their expertise in delivering exceptionally high quality systems. Portwell has a long history of reliable and fast time to market platform solutions, extensive technical team to support innovative new Intel Architecture designs and industrial grade reliability platforms. Intel IPD IVI will continue to nurture this market together with Portwell to showcase IVI platforms.


Product Information

The PCS-8220 is a compact 1-DIN, powerful, low power dissipation system for in-vehicle infotainment. It is positioned as a reliable and multimedia vehicle infotainment system platform by multiple peripherals integrated. The modular rear IO architecture is easy for customization to meet customer's time to market requirement.

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