Consumer demand for seamless connectivity between the home, work, and car is quickly gaining speed, putting pressure on automakers and automotive vendors to accelerate development of in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems. But sorting through a long list of expectations to come up with the products and applications that will please the greatest number of consumers is vexing the industry.

On the consumer’s side, they want IVI solutions that integrate seamlessly with their existing digital devices and formats, including cell phones, MP3 players, DVDs, CDs, and so forth. Consumers also want multi-purpose solutions that allow for the driver to engage in one kind of IVI experience while kids in the back seat enjoy something else. Scalability and interoperability among applications is critical so that the auto industry can more quickly develop solutions that incorporate the latest consumer electronics functionality.


  • Strong interaction ability compatible with your S/W.
  • Strong mechanical design ability to supply best ventilation with great thermal design while use in the Car.
  • Automotive testing standard to ensure longevity and endurance.
  • Low-power components on small factor boards that can fit into slimmer cabinets. With lower power consumption, the systems are greener and reduce utility expenses.
  • Flexible and compact power module for compact/ fanless system.
  • Wide range temperature endurance from -40~85°C.

Successful Solution Overview

Intel-Portwell Co-Work Proof-of-Concept

Intel and Portwell are taking some of the pressure off automotive vendors through the development of a standards-based IVI platform that fits most existing car audio slots. Based on the Intel Single DIN In-Vehicle Infotainment Reference Design, the Portwell PCS-8220*SBC provides a platform for the delivery of multiple IVI applications and allows developers to bring out a complete solution quickly without incurring high design costs. The Portwell PCS-8220 equipped with several technical features important to IVI solution:

  • PCI Express ports support future I/O peripheral expansion and flexible connectivity.
  • Hardware building blocks can be coupled with third-party software solution (for application such as navigation, media player, office and gaming) to create a completive system with a consistent user interface.
  • Dual independent display with the mobile Intel® 915GME Express Chipset supports display for both front and rear seats.
  • Dual independent audio stream with Azalia codec provides output to both front and rear seats.
  • Consolidated I/O connector supports ease of integration.
  • I/O expansion boards enable flexible connectivity, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth GPS, TV and Cellular.
  • DC-DC unit with ignition control is autotive-ready to provide a consistent supply.