Micrel, Inc. and Marvell jointly announced what they said are the first fully interoperable IEEE 802.3 standard-compliant Ethernet PHYs for in-vehicle networking. The two companies developed their products separately and will market them separately but both demonstrated their products successfully in Tokyo earlier this month.
NXP products based on Broadcom’s BroadR-Reach planned for 2012
NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced its engagement in automotive Ethernet as the first automotive semiconductor supplier to license Broadcom’s BroadR-Reach® Ethernet technology for in-vehicle networking.
NXP Semiconductors said the new Audi A8 will feature In-Vehicle Networking (IVN) technology powered by NXP’s FlexRay, CAN, LIN and SBC transceivers, enabling a series of new applications such as advanced driver assistance systems, adaptive cruise control and active chassis stability system.
Xilinx, Inc. has introduced the Xilinx® Automotive (XA) family of Spartan®-6 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) optimized for applications requiring high-speed connectivity and high-resolution video performance. The firm said the automotive-qualified devices provide the flexibility, scalability, and integration needed to reduce the system cost of automotive infotainment, driver assistance, driver information, and in-vehicle networking products.
NXP Semiconductors, which claims to be the number one supplier of in-vehicle networking technology, said it has shipped its one millionth FlexRay™ Physical Layer compliant transceiver. Virtually all of the transceivers have been shipped for use in BMW vehicles, but Rob Hoeben, marketing manager for FlexRay at NXP, said another automaker is expected to launch a vehicle incorporating FlexRay technology later this year.