Microchip Technology unveils new intelligent network interface controller
Apr 29, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
Microchip Technology Inc., a provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and flash-IP solutions, has unveiled the OS81118, the MOST150 intelligent network interface controller, or INIC, with a USB 2.0 high-speed device port and an integrated coax transceiver.
With its USB 2.0 port, including USB PHY and High-Speed Inter-Chip interface (HSIC), the OS81118 allows designers to create in-car mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity applications on the MOST150 network by connecting a standard Wi-Fi/3G/LTE module via USB. The OS81118 enables automotive engineers to connect the most up-to-date multi-core consumer Systems-on-a-Chip (SoCs) to in-vehicle MOST networks.
The OS81118 integrates a coax transceiver, which opens a cost-reduction path on the MOST physical layer. Additionally, this coaxial physical layer (cPHY) could be used for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). MOST multimedia networking technology enables the interconnection of infotainment systems in automobiles, by providing the means to distribute multimedia entertainment functions among control devices inside the car.
The OS81118 is expected to be available for volume production in January 2014 and sampling production is expected to start in third quarter of 2013. The OS81118 is offered in a 72-pin QFN package, the company said.
"We see a trend in the infotainment market to use high-end SoCs, developed for consumer and mobile devices, within automotive applications," said Dan Termer, vice president of Microchip's Automotive Groups. "However, those SoCs have no automotive-specific interfaces, such as CAN, LIN, MediaLB or MOST. The high-speed USB port on our new OS81118 makes it easy to connect SoCs to any MOST150 automotive network, and the coax transceiver provides added flexibility."
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