Microchip makes interfacing to high-speed infotainment in-vehicle networks easy SanTan Sun News

Microchip makes interfacing to high-speed infotainment in-vehicle networks easy

June 15th, 2017 | by SanTan Sun News
Microchip makes interfacing to high-speed infotainment in-vehicle networks easy
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By SanTan Sun News Staff

Microchip Technology Inc., headquartered in Chandler, has announced that it is offering a new high-speed network solution for in-vehicle infotainment as free and open-source software for Microchip customers.

As explained by Microchip, car makers are using in-vehicle networks to transfer an increasing amount of data for performing updates. Modern cars are also offering advanced audio and video capabilities to their users. Handling multiple audio or video sources requires complex hardware and software to ensure high-quality synchronization.

The new Microchip software module, Unified Centralized Software Stack allows customers to choose their preferred device control method, including Media Oriented Systems Transport technology’s FBlock, Ethernet IP and customer-specific methods. It is available at no charge to Microchip customers who are using Intelligent Network Interface Controllers, such as the OS81118, OS81119 and any future INICs.

“In essence, UNICENS and INICs provide the customer with the control method of an Ethernet-based network without the challenges of managing bandwidth reservation protocol for audio and video data,” said Dan Termer, vice president of Microchip’s Automotive Division. “Using UNICENS eliminates the need for a microcontroller and software management in network nodes, which results in cost savings and faster time to market. It takes Ethernet and MOST technology and combines the best of both worlds.”

To learn more, visit microchip.com/design-centers/automotive/most/unicens.

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