- Published on Monday, 30 September 2013 16:22
Mainstream releases adopt Arm architecture and Windows OS, and support 3G or 4G.
- Universal units target the aftermarket: Most suppliers still focus on the aftermarket and therefore emphasize universal models, in particular 2-DIN variants. Many plan to roll out more units priced $200 or less to boost competitiveness. Several suppliers are developing versions for popular vehicles such as the Volkswagen Passat, Ford Focus and Toyota Rav4.
- Mechless designs gain speed: Thanks to the wide adoption of multimedia files, mechless types are increasingly becoming popular. The architecture helps lower costs and price because of the lack of mechanical playback mechanisms. More companies are investing in such units, and many accept OEM specifications.
- Arm CPUs & Windows OS dominate: DVD players running on Arm 9 or 11 architecture and WinCE 6.0 OS stay mainstream. Although some high-end units adopt Arm Cortex-A8 or A9 and Android OS, and support 3G, 4G and other applications, these will remain limited to upscale releases due to pricing considerations. Several companies, however, expect these features to start becoming available in models quoted $200 or below in one or two years.
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