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Harman gets $1.25 billion contract from Volkswagen

| March 12, 2012



VolkswagenHARMAN has announced that Volkswagen AG will launch the new models of its best-sellers VW Golf, Audi A3 and Skoda Octavia with the next-generation infotainment systems from HARMAN. Volume of the contract is estimated at about 1.25 Billion US-Dollars.

The new multimedia-driven system will offer a sophisticated set of features including dynamic and real-time Google Earth navigation, brilliant graphics on the basis of the high-performance NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset, Internet access, and 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.

Based on the HARMAN infotainment platform, Volkswagen Group has developed a modular infotainment platform (MIB) for next-generation models of VW Golf, Audi A3 and Skoda Octavia.

The modular infotainment platform enables Volkswagen Group to easily upgrade the hardware and software in order to synchronize the on board technology with latest developments of the consumer electronics industry with its dramatically shorter lifecycle and development cycles than the automotive industry.

Audi displays its current and future solutions for mobile IT applications under the “Audi connect” banner. One highlight is the next generation of the Audi A3 — the first model from the carmaker that uses the modular infotainment platform from HARMAN. “Audi connect” describes the fully networked mobility of Audi — that is, the networking of Audi models with the Internet, with the infrastructure and with other vehicles. The interfaces between the car and information technology continue to gain importance here.

Audi already offers its customers integrated services that result from intelligently linking cloud and backend solutions. The connection with the World Wide Web currently operates via UMTS — in the future, Audi will rely on the fast LTE standard.

HARMAN will be the first infotainment system supplier worldwide to integrate the new TI Jacinto 5 SOC (system-on-chip), offering MOST150 networking technology and an FPGA-less design. The very highly integrated system provides a telephone module, a complete set of tuner modules, a six-channel high performance class-D amplifier, DVD-Drive, and a computing module built on the NVIDIA system-on-chip technology, all housed in a single 1-DIN unit.




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