Infotainment VW selects Harman for next-gen infotainment system

Harman and Volkswagen AG signed a six-year contract worth 1.2 billion Dollar. Harman will develop and deliver a new infotainment system to VW for its new vehicle platforms.

The new system will offer a sophisticated set of features including dynamic navigation, high resolution graphics, Internet access, and wired or wireless connectivity. An embedded flash memory will provide dynamic navigation data which may be updated as required for current access to routes and road information.

„We are delighted to extend our long-standing relationship with Volkswagen Group across the leading automaker‘s wide range of vehicles,“ said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Harman‘s Chairman, President and CEO.

Harman will be the first infotainment system supplier worldwide to integrate the new Texas Instruments Jacinto 5 SOC (system-on-chip), offering MOST150 networking technology and an FPGA-less design. The highly integrated system provides a telephone module, several tuner modules, a six-channel class-D amplifier, a DVD drive and a computing module built on a Nvidia SOC. The system will fit into a 1-DIN slot and will be offered in new Volkswagen vehicles beginning in 2012.