Van Buren Township-based Visteon Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: VSTO) said Wednesday it had enhanced its capabilities in developing multi-function displays for vehicles by incorporating a newly developed microprocessor in its next-generation MFD platform architecture.

Located on the vehicle’s instrument panel, multi-function displays provide a range of information to drivers, either as stand-alone displays or in combination with radios, navigation devices and external cameras.

By incorporating a new Renesas Electronics microprocessor, Visteon can offer vehicle manufacturers more cost-effective multi-function display products integrating features that previously were external to the microprocessor. This reduction in components and complexity can decrease design and engineering time and contribute to efficient use of space in the vehicle.

Additional capabilities offered by Visteon’s new multi-function display platform include a decoder for in-vehicle camera applications that accommodates both NTSC and PAL video formats; 2.5 megabytes of additional random-access memory allowing more functions to run faster; and a high-speed serial flash interface designed to accelerate information access and data transfer. With the new microprocessor, Visteon’s multi-function display platform will support Wide Video Graphics Array thin-film transistor displays and complies with industry standards including OpenVG.

“Visteon is a leading supplier of multi-function displays and other cockpit electronics products to major vehicle manufacturers globally, and we expect this new platform architecture to broaden our customer base even further,” said Christian Feltgen, Visteon’s global director of cockpit electronics technologies.

The Renesas microprocessor is supplied to Visteon by Renesas Electronics America Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., a wholly owned subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corporation, a leading supplier of microcontrollers and semiconductor solutions.

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