January 6, 2016
Chipset enables automotive Ethernet AVB for next-generation IVI and telematics
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW (CES), LAS VEGAS, – Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, today introduced an automotive-grade Ethernet bridge solution for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and other automotive applications. The TC9560XBG supports standards such as IEEE 802.1AS and IEEE 802.1Qav, generally referred to as Ethernet-AVB. The Ethernet-AVB standard enables stable, reliable multimedia transmissions, making it suitable for IVI and telematics.
Automotive electronics are becoming more complex with the addition of advanced sensors, high-resolution displays, on-vehicle cameras, automated driver assistance systems (ADAS) and their data transmission and controls. Connecting these devices with an industry-standard Ethernet protocol contributes to simplified wiring, cost savings, reduced harness weight and improved mileage. Toshiba’s new automotive-grade Ethernet solution also supports Ethernet-AVB, which is an important feature for multimedia applications. In addition, the device will be AEC-Q1001 qualified to ensure performance in rigorous automotive environments.
Noted Deepak Mithani, senior director of the Mixed-Signal Business Unit, System LSI Group at TAEC, “Working together with our industry collaborators and customers, we have developed a high-value solution specifically intended to meet the growing requirement for automotive Ethernet by making it easier for automotive OEMs to integrate the part into their new vehicles. We look forward to seeing our efforts utilized in upcoming generations of in-vehicle applications.”
Strategy Analytics forecasts that demand for automotive Ethernet will exceed 120 million nodes by 20202, driven by increased in- and on-vehicle electronic content, including cameras, sensors, displays, safety systems and convenience solutions. In particular, for emerging autonomous vehicle systems, a reliable, high-speed communications network is an essential requirement.
Connected to an application processor or other system-on-chip (SoC) host, the TC9560XBG allows the host device to deliver audio, video, and data information through the 10/100/1000 Ethernet network in an automotive environment. Connection to the host is achieved via PCI Express® (PCIe®), HSIC or Time Division Multiplex (TDM)/I2S for audio traffic. The IC’s RGMII/RMII3 interface connects to the Ethernet switch or PHY device, and both AVB and legacy traffic are supported. An on-chip ARM® Cortex®-M3 processor can perform system control and management.
The chipset is housed in a 10x10mm LFBGA package.
Samples of the TC9560XBG Ethernet bridge solution and TC9560AXBG, with CAN-FD features, are available now. Volume production will commence in October 2016.
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1TAEC-Q100 refers to the stress test qualification for ICs established by the U.S.-based Automotive Electronics Council, which sets qualification standards for all electronics components supplied to the automotive industry. Grade 3 refers to ambient operating temperature range of -40°C to +85°C.
2“Automotive Ethernet Market Growth Outlook,” Strategy Analytics, Oct. 23, 2014.
3Fast Ethernet interfaces: RGMII = Reduced Gigabit Media Independent Interface; RMII = Reduced Media Independent Interface. Support is planned for MII (Media Independent Interface).
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