The Jade Automotive Platform for motor vehicles

Jade Automotive Platform is a hardware and software platform for the development of automotive display, monitoring and diagnostics systems based on the Fujitsu Jade MB86R01 processor (331 MHz) and OS Embedded Linux.

This innovative high-tech platform significantly cuts the development time for complex onboard vehicle equipment and allows engineers to focus on critical system components.

Jade Automotive Platform implements the most complex system elements:

  • BGA electronic components for the processor and the memory
  • A speed data bus
  • An operating system
  • Development tools
  • Examples of GUI applications

Hardware platform components

CPU module

It consists of the main high-speed elements of the system, which are critical to PCB layout. It has compact 100 x 58 mm form factor with two 100-pin connectors.

Modules can be based on Fujitsu Jade MB86R01 or Fujitsu Jade-L MB86R03 processors in lite version with reduced memory and without support of MediaLB, USB, and IDE66 interfaces.

A CPU module can be used on development stage or in the target devices directly.

Carrier board

A peripheral interface board, which the CPU module interconnects with, used for development products based on the platform.

It contains electronic peripherals components, power control unit, RS232, USB, CAN, K-Line connectors, LEDs and buttons. This board has dual display interfaces, as well as the inputs and outputs of analog video and audio.

Key capabilities of Jade Automotive Platform

  • A platform designed specifically for automotive electronics
  • A graphics processor by Fujitsu, a leader in the electronic design of chips for dashboards
  • The ability to display data on two separate TFT displays
  • The ability to connect two cameras
  • CAN and K-Line automotive interfaces
  • Complex development tools and ready-made examples of constructing graphic user interfaces: working with layers, overlaying technical information on the video from a camera, as well as other effects
  • Supports over 1,000 software packages: USB, Bluetooth, navigation, etc.

Jade Automotive Platform: fields of application

  • Agricultural machinery manufacturers

A combined instrument panel integrates harvester system controls. The operator sets an operational mode for combine units and monitors their work, using standard sensors or built-in video cameras. Automatic calculation of the weight of harvested products and periodical reporting to the central control room is the best way to set up the unloading and pickup of cargo, cutting logistics costs.

  • Public transportation manufacturers

The platform features an intuitive user interface and simple sensor control. Also it integrates a control system for opening and closing doors, as well as climate control systems in the driver's cab and the passenger compartment.

A satellite navigation system helps switch drivers to unfamiliar routes quickly and easily. After you simply upload information about the route, the system will automatically monitor compliance with traffic intervals, showing the driver how much they need to arrive in time at the next stopping point. Built-in video cameras make reverse movement easy, as well as help monitor the situation in the passenger compartment. Data from the cameras can be recorded on to information media, if necessary.

  • Manufacturers of cranes and loaders

The platform monitors compliance with size and weight restrictions for lifts. Built-in cameras make it easier to control lifts while lifting large loads. All the operator has to do is choose the best angle, while the picture-in-picture function will help monitor the process from several positions at the same time (the required angle can be displayed in the foreground).

The system also helps perform quick and easy diagnostics of the lifting equipment, displaying the results on the screen.

In case of installing the system on a garbage truck, video cameras help the operator control the container lift without leaving the cab. A graphically displayed aiming sight helps accurately direct the capturing movement to the garbage container.

  • Manufacturing of heavy vehicles

The platform monitors compliance with size and weight restrictions for lifting equipment. Video cameras help control the loading / unloading process, as well as the condition of the cargo in transit. The system features an easy-to-use touch screen and an intuitive user interface for managing loading and unloading operations.

  • Manufacturers of automotive diagnostics

This multi-purpose diagnostic tool is available in a compact shock-proof enclosure. It is powered by built-in batteries or a direct current network (12/24V).

It supports all standard communication protocols with electronic equipment in cars by all leading manufacturers. An intuitive interface helps run a full scan or selective tests, saving the results to a memory card and a USB medium. This information can be printed out on a printer.


Basic technical features of Jade Automotive Platform

331 MHz Fujitsu Jade MB86R01/03, ARM926EJ-S kernel
2D/3D acceleration support
Temperature range: −40 … +85
128/64 MB SDRAM
32/16 MB NOR Flash, 512 MB NAND Flash (MB86R01 only)
Unique 64-bit chip ID
UARTs, 2 x I2C, 2 x I2S, SPI + 11 GPIO
SD slot 
USB 2.0 Host, USB 2.0 Device (MB86R01 only)
Video in/out
Two independent analog video inputs for connecting external cameras
Two independent TFT LCD video outputs
Audio in/out
Stereo audio codec, 24-bit, up to 96 KHz
Vehicle diagnostics interfaces
CAN, K-Line
Operating system
Embedded Linux
Package management
Assembly system
Yocto Project / Buildroot
Development tools
CPU module
Input voltage: 3.3 V
Interface connectors
2 x 100pin, 0.8 mm pitch
100 mm x 58 mm
Carrier board
Input voltage: 12 V / 1500 mA
Interface connectors
Power, RS232, CAN/K-Line, USB, mini-USB, JTAG, audio and video in/out - 6xRCA + 2 x Jack 3.5
153.5 mm x 146 mm

Software development kit / SDK (new version)

The new version of SDK for Jade Automotive Platform supports Buildroot 2013.02 build environment, and software module, specially designed for hardware acceleration of Qt Embedded graphic applications.

Using Buildroot simplifies the configuration of the building system by user-friendly graphical settings menu.

Buildroot environment can make:

  • Linux with appropriate patches
  • U-Boot bootloader
  • Cross-compile toolchain
  • Necessary system tools
  • Application examples
  • Root file system images

Also an ability of using Yocto Project build system, along with Buildroot, still remains.

A new program module of hardware graphics acceleration for Qt Embedded applications was developed by Promwad specialists. This plugin uses direct image rendering to video memory, which can significantly improve performance without need of applications code rewrite.

The following technologies support of the new graphics output mode can be mentioned:

  • Accelerated graphical primitives render
  • Image output with transparent colors
  • Alpha-blending
  • Anti-aliased lines drawing
  • Polygonal buffered text output
  • Hardware mouse cursor drawing and manipulating

If compare with standard software output method, the performance gain is up to 3 times, depending on the complexity of rendered image.


Cooperation scenarios

  • Use of the solution as a reference design

Based on our CPU module, you can create your own version of the device, adding required software functionality to it.

  • Redesign, additional requirements or optimization

Do you already have access to set parameters for the platform’s integration in the vehicle’s onboard panel? Do you need to integrate additional interfaces in your development? Excellent! We can tailor our platform to your needs.

  • Purchasing a full documents package and technical support

You receive the rights to use all project documentation, including project source files and a detailed description of the engineering solution. This is an excellent solution for engineering offices and electronics developers working with the automotive industry.



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