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Frost & Sullivan

September 13, 2011 06:26 ET

Fujitsu Presented With Differentiation Excellence Award by Frost & Sullivan for CGI Studio

... Fujitsu CGI Studio Is Set to Play Major Role in Designing New Generation Automotive HMI

LANGEN, GERMANY and LONDON--(Marketwire - Sep 13, 2011) - Fujitsu Semiconductor's CGI Studio received the 2011 Frost & Sullivan Europe Product Differentiation Excellence Award in the automotive human machine interface (HMI) market. It was presented to Fujitsu Semiconductor Embedded Solutions Austria GmbH (FEAT) for CGI Studio, a software platform for the development of hybrid 2D and 3D graphical interfaces (HMI/GUI) for automotive systems.

"Fujitsu's HMI tooling software is set to play a major role in the design of new generation automotive HMI in the future," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Krishna Jayaraman. "In comparison to currently available solutions, the CGI Studio clearly distinguishes itself as the solution that has 2D and 3D software rendering that can be handled using a single HMI tool, eliminating the need to switch the tooling each time."

In addition, the CGI Studio can be integrated into the existing tool environment, while another advantage is that the time required for integration of the graphical interface to the car's infotainment system hardware is very short.

Fujitsu's CGI Studio has an open interface, which allows for easy customisation of 2D and 3D graphical interfaces to the HMI designers. The Candera 2D and Candera 3D rendering engines offer many customisable effects, such as shadows and transparency, and the features of both engines can be handled by one single tool.

"The technology is independent of vehicle hardware and display," states FEAT's head of business development and sales, Reinhard Füricht. "This means that it can be used for any car range, whether small, medium or premium. We also offer customised solutions, where the tooling serves as a base and an interface is designed to meet customers' demand for specific features."

"The depth of information offered by Fujitsu's CGI Studio is commendable," said Jayaraman. "Especially because the scene composer provides real-time scene visualisation that helps HMI designers build a safe interface with minimised distractions."

"The 2D and 3D graphical interface options provided by CGI Studio focus on addressing the need for advanced graphical interface for the next generation HMI system," remarks Füricht. "It primarily works on improving driver comfort and convenience, making the driving environment more interactive and intuitive."

CGI Studio will help to project information provided by infotainment systems to the driver in a highly organised and efficient way. Adoption of such a technology will result in improved customer satisfaction and reduced distractions.

"The HMI created using CGI Studio can be interfaced with the infotainment system's hardware in very short time," concludes Jayaraman. "This shortens the development time of HMI, resulting in reduced costs."

The Product Differentiation Excellence Award is presented to the company that has excelled in the following criteria: unique features/functionality, quality/complexity, customisation, matched to target markets' needs and brand perception of the uniqueness of the product.

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About Fujitsu Semiconductor Embedded Solutions Austria (FEAT)
Its focus is on worldwide automotive, industrial, and telecommunication projects where FEAT supports its customers with its own software products as well as provision of software services. Its activities are driven by close customer relationships and strong concentration on customers' needs. FEAT also supports FSEU's existing hardware and software design teams in its Automotive & Embedded Business Unit and Graphics Competence Center. FEAT defines and develops its own products and also offers the associated services around these products. The product range covers 2D/3D graphic engines and tooling for the automotive arena, software frameworks for mobile devices and products for speeding-up data transfer over long distances.

About Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe
Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe is a major supplier of semiconductor products. The company provides advanced systems solutions to the automotive, digital TV, mobile telephony, networking and industrial markets. Engineers from design centres dedicated to microcontrollers, graphics controllers, mixed-signal, wireless, multimedia ICs, ASIC products and software development, work closely with Fujitsu Semiconductor's marketing and sales teams throughout EMEA to help satisfy customers' systems development requirements. This solutions approach is supported by a broad range of advanced semiconductor devices, IP, building blocks and software.

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