Cost-optimized digital cluster automotive reference design with Jacinto™ automotive processor


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The Jacinto™ automotive processor Digital Cluster Automotive Reference Design (DCARD) is a cost-optimized design for reconfigurable digital cluster systems.  DCARD is a complete and self-contained 6-layer PCB design to enable 60fps digital cluster solutions on 1920x720 resolution displays while optimizing overall system BOM. DCARD also supports single zone audio output for warning chimes, wake-up from CAN, and Ethernet connectivity. Additional functionality can be added based on end-product requirements. For example, camera input is available to integrate rear-view camera or driver monitoring and second display output can be used to drive heads-up-display (HUD).  System power management is optimized to minimize overall system BOM for reconfigurable digital cluster use-case.  This design targets applications such as reconfigurable digital cluster, hybrid clusters with active graphics, heads-up display, and driver identification and monitoring.

  • Jacinto 6 Entry (DRA71x) application processor to render and drive 60 fps cluster graphics on a 1920x720 resolution cluster display
  • 6-layer PCB design to minimize system BOM
  • Wake-up from CAN with TCAN1043 CAN transceiver
  • CSI-2 camera input for rear-view or driver monitoring camera integration
  • Optimized TI power management solution including LM87523 and LM5141
  • OpenLDI cluster display support with DSC90C189 serializer
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Design files

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TIDUE88.PDF (6625 K)

Reference design overview and verified performance test data


Detailed schematic diagram for design layout and components


Complete listing of design components, reference designators, and manufacturers/part numbers


Detailed overview of design layout for component placement

TIDRYM4.ZIP (3050 K)

Files used for 3D models or 2D drawings of IC components

TIDCF77.ZIP (1175 K)

Design file that contains information on physical board layer of design PCB


PCB layer plot file used for generating PCB design layout


Includes TI products in the design and potential alternatives.

Arm-based processors

DRA7181 GHz Arm Cortex-A15 SoC processor with graphics & DSP for infotainment & cluster

Data sheet: PDF | HTML
CAN transceivers

TCAN1043-Q1Automotive CAN FD transceiver with flexible data-rate and wake input

Data sheet: PDF | HTML
Ethernet PHYs

DP83TC811R-Q1Low-power 100BASE-T1 automotive PHYTER™ Ethernet physical layer transceiver

Data sheet: PDF | HTML
FPD-Link SerDes

DS90C189-Q1Low Power 1.8-V Dual Pixel FPD-Link (LVDS) Serializer

Data sheet: PDF
Multi-channel ICs (PMICs)

LP87523-Q1Automotive 10A, 2-phase + 1-phase + 1-phase, three output buck converters with integrated switches

Data sheet: PDF | HTML
Speaker amps

TAS25052-W, mono, digital & analog input Class-D audio amp with audio processing & mono headphone amplifier

Data sheet: PDF | HTML

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* Design guide Cost-Optimized Digital Cluster Automotive Reference Design Jan. 07, 2019

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