Plextek develops Android-based navigation system with Clarion
Plextek has collaborated with Clarion Malaysia (the Asian Development Arm of Clarion Co. Ltd) on the development of an integrated audio-visual navigation system, which is notable for being one of the first Android-based ICE system designed to full automotive grade quality standards.
The Mirage Android head unit is an integrated audio-visual navigation unit which hosts the Android touch-screen user interface on a 6.5inch screen.
The system connects to either Android or iPod devices via Bluetooth streaming or a USB connection. It offers playback of audio-visual content, audio & video files and digital still images, direct from a SD/SHDC card or a USB device.
Cambridge-based design firm Plextek worked with Clarion Malaysia on the system architecture. It also designed several components of the head unit, which included the ARM-based processor PCB that forms the core of the device, the audio DSP module that powers the VAPS 3D sound system and the Bluetooth implementation.
“Over the years Plextek has developed a wide range of successful automotive products. This expertise has enabled us to develop reliable processes for developing products that meet the highest automotive quality standards,” said Plextek’s technical director Ian Murphy.