INICnetTM technology simplifies automotive infotainment networking with support for ethernet, audio and video over a single cable

November 12, 2018 | 10:45
Image: Microchip
Image: Microchip
Key Facts:
  • Coexists with automotive Ethernet, linking IP-based communication over vehicle domains
  • Synchronous, scalable solution simplifies automotive audio and infotainment systems
  • Full flexibility supporting digital audio formats with multiple sources and sink
  • Reduces cost with no development/licensing of additional protocols or software stacks

Microchip announces the industry’s most efficient automotive infotainment networking solution that supports all data types, including audio, video, control and Ethernet, over a single cable. Intelligent Network Interface Controller networking (INICnet) technology is a synchronous, scalable solution that significantly simplifies building audio and infotainment systems, offering seamless implementation in vehicles that have Ethernet-oriented system architectures.
The addition of mobile services, cross-domain communication and autonomous driving applications to in-vehicle networking infotainment systems require a more flexible solution for transporting packet, stream and control content. Existing implementations are either costly and cumbersome, or too limited in bandwidth and packet data capabilities to support system updates and internetworking requirements.
As audio is a key infotainment feature in vehicles, INICnet technology provides full flexibility through supporting a variety of digital audio formats with multiple sources and sinks. INICnet technology also provides high-speed packet-data communications with support for file transfers, Over-The-Air (OTA) software updates and system diagnostics via standard Ethernet frames. Thus, INICnet technology supports seamless integration of Internet Protocol (IP)-based system management and data communications, along with very efficient transport of stream data. INICnet technology does not require the development and licensing of additional protocols or software stacks, reducing development costs, effort and time.
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