Hectronic wins multimillion-euro contract to supply vehicle computer with TI Sitara ARM Cortex A8
The vehicle computer is based on Hectronic’s reference platform for automotive applications including Texas Instruments series Sitara AM335x processors and building blocks for wired and wireless communication.
Uppsala, Sweden, October 24, 2013:
Hectronic, a specialist in development and manufacturing of embedded computers, has been awarded a three year development and manufacturing contract worth 1.7 million Euros per year. The vehicle computer is based on Hectronic’s reference platform for automotive applications. The platform includes Texas Instruments series Sitara AM335x processors from 300MHz to 1GHz and building blocks for wired and wireless communication. The customer of the vehicle computer offers Vehicle Tracking and Fleet Management solutions in a number of countries worldwide.
The vehicle computer is built by integrating building blocks from Hectronic’s reference platform which has functionality and communication interfaces that are common in many automotive applications. The specification of the vehicle computer includes wireless interfaces such as mobile data communication (2G/3G) and WLAN. GPS/GNSS is used for positioning and a variety of sensors are included, like for example gyro, accelerometer, compass and sensors for air pressure measurement. The system is required to operate under harsh conditions and undergoes CE certification, FCC and E-type approval. HALT and HASS stress testing procedures are performed to increase durability and prolong product life time. “The contract proves that the decision to develop an ARM platform with TI Sitara was the right thing to do. Our experience from development of embedded computers for harsh environments and the possibility to save time by integrating building blocks instead of developing from scratch were why the customer trusted us with the project,” says Anders Rundqvist, Director of Sales and Marketing at Hectronic.
Hectronic delivers the vehicle computer with a Linux distribution developed in-house. The customization of the system and the development of the mechanics have been initiated. The first deliveries are planned for the beginning of 2014.
Hectronic is the leading provider of embedded computers in the Nordic region and the company is now expanding its sales activities into other European markets. Hectronic develops boards and embedded systems as both standard products and custom solutions. Customers include large OEMs in industrial, military and telecom markets, plus channel partners ranging from systems integrators and design consultants to other solutions providers. Hectronic’s renowned technical expertise has led to the development of numerous products that lead the market in terms of price/performance, small size and low power consumption. The company is currently expanding its standard product offering whilst maintaining a strong engineering capability to assist customers in tailoring its products to specific applications. The designers of Hectronic’s boards and systems provide expert local technical support to customers. Hectronic is owned by Acal BFI Nordic AB, a member of the Acal Group. Acal is a European leader in advanced technology solutions, providing marketing, engineering, design, manufacturing and other services through two divisions: Specialist Electronics and Supply Chain. The Acal Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange.