ENGINEERING, COMPUTER systems, RANDOM access memory, AUTOMOBILE industry, DESIGN, ELECTRONIC systems, and TELEMATICS
This article reports that a flexible automotive reference platform centered on Xilink field programmable gate array technology addresses the need for rapid design prototyping for use in automotive/telematics applications. The approach includes small modules that interconnect to form a complete system. The core of the system is a central processing unit module with memory that includes flash, SmartMedia flash, and SDRAM/DDRAm. As with any reference platform, embedded software is needed to run the system. The reference platform is genuinely a full system, complete with hardware, firmware, and software.