Delphi’s New USB Consumer Port Satisfies Growing Demand for In-Vehicle Data Exchange
Passengers can download MP3 music files from pen-drives and listen to them through the vehicle’s audio system
October 16, 2006 - Troy, Mich. — To meet growing consumer demand for ever-increasing data exchange within their automobiles, Delphi has introduced a Universal Serial Bus (USB) consumer port that serves as an interface between the vehicle’s electrical system and external consumer equipment. This introduction represents Delphi’s first high-volume USB automotive application in Europe.
The Delphi USB consumer port, which is now on display at the 2006 Convergence conference in Detroit, is installed in the glove compartment or on the dashboard and enables passengers to download MP3 music files from pen-drives and listen to them through the vehicle’s audio system. Long-term applications will include multiple ports to also accommodate audio/video, telematics and global positioning exchange.
Production costs are highly competitive and pale in comparison to the benefit the USB consumer port provides in value-added service and convenience.
“High-tech features such as Delphi’s USB consumer port represent the level of convenience and personalization car buyers are looking for in their next vehicle,” Majdi Abulaban, product business unit director, Delphi Connection Systems, said. “Delphi is focused on bringing new technologies that will create a competitive advantage for our customers.”
Delphi’s USB consumer port is fully reliable. “During the development phase, we were able to meet customer requirements the first time,” Abulaban said.
Installation is simple and requires no special tools. Assemblers simply plug the rear lever lock connector into place and click the USB port into the corresponding slot in the cockpit.
The front cover is stylized per customer specifications and is adjoined to a USB connector a PCB with LEDs to light the USB symbols on the front cover -- LEDs are available in orange, red and green -- and a header connector that interfaces to a standard 0.64 MTS automotive harness connector.
The USB interface is specially designed of stainless steel, which provides for a strong, highly reliable product suitable for repeated mating/unmating cycles. The board-mounted USB connectors are the industry standard I/O interface used to connect peripheral devices to computers and the metal shields help protect contacts from physical and electro static discharge damage.
Damaged USB consumer ports are easily replaced by disengaging the rear connector. There is no need to rework the harness, which has a positive impact on warranty costs.
Current design of the USB consumer port is optimized for USB 1.1 data protocol, is adaptable to USB 2.0 or 1394 (Firewall) connection and is USCAR-30 compliant.
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