GERMANY: Visteon supplies advanced TFT instrument cluster on the Jaguar XK
Visteon has announced that Jaguar awarded it the development of an advanced instrument cluster for the all-new Jaguar XK. The instrument cluster features an advanced high-resolution 3.8-inch colour quarter Video Graphics Array (VGA) display based on thin-film transistor (TFT) technology.
Visteon says it designed the Jaguar XK instrument cluster to deliver enhanced vehicle information to the driver while delivering superior styling. Featuring a large TFT screen, the cluster allows Jaguar to differentiate its driver information interface through function, features and appearance.
The instrument cluster houses two main round dials in chrome and tube design. White gauges with green illumination are placed at either side of the advanced high-resolution display, which is based on TFT technology capable of 262,144 colours. Using a powerful 32-bit processor, three multiplex networks and the graphics controller, the high quality 256-color display is split into several zones to allow easy access to driver information such as vehicle body functionality, gear selection, cruise control information or tyre pressure warning.
The cluster has been developed by Visteon engineers based at Visteon's technical centre of excellence for electronics in Basildon, United Kingdom.
Visteon also offers a LCD builder tool which eases definition of display content. The tool, it says, supports a more efficient implementation of the different displays and screen layout variants during the development of the instrument cluster. This, Visteon claims, offers a major benefit as it allows the car manufacturer to personalise and implement display changes during the development phase, while eliminating manual specification and data coding errors.
Other Visteon technologies on the Jaguar XK include the starter control unit manufactured at Visteon's Cadiz plant in Spain, the Satellite Radio System supplied by Visteon Altec (Mexico), the complete cooling module which is manufactured in (Basildon, UK) and chassis components (Swansea, UK).