Samsung Electronics announced today its mobile application processor technology is powering the industry's first Internet-connected portable navigation device (PND). Samsung's application processor technology provides Dash Navigation (http://dash.net) with a high-performance, cost-effective solution for its award winning product, Dash Express.
"Consumers want PND devices with high-performance graphics capabilities that can handle tasks quickly, including multiple route calculations, and display updates including real-time data from the Internet," said Richard Yeh, director of marketing for Samsung Semiconductor's System LSI Division. "Dash is the latest customer to use one of Samsung's popular and high performance ARM processors. We are pleased to be a key technology provider for this exciting new product from Dash."
With a new approach to delivering real-time traffic information and Web-based services to drivers, Dash Express collects data from people driving real commute routes, during real commutes times. Samsung's processors already connect to cellular modems and WiFi for data connectivity in advanced smartphones and wireless PDAs, and Dash leveraged this infrastructure in developing this new PND device. Samsung's 400 MHz S3C2440 processor power allowed Dash Express designers to develop a product that can handle the most demanding use scenarios including simultaneous display updating, location updates and downloading information from the Internet while making a route re-calculation.
"When we started developing Dash Express, we needed a strong technology partner who understood the PND market and the particular requirements for wireless Internet-connected devices," said Rob Currie, president and chief operating officer Dash Navigation Inc. "Samsung's mobile application processor allowed us to design the industry's first PND device that enables true bi-directional data to flow between an individual car and the Dash Driver Network."
Optimized for this type of application, Samsung's application processors are preferred platforms for Linux-based platform developers. With a powerful ARM-based core and features including touch screen interface, advanced memory interfaces, audio support, display controller and flexibility to connect multiple radios, the Samsung application processor enabled the Dash Express designers to create an excellent user experience while eliminating extra parts and lowering overall bill-of-materials costs.