MOST technology increasingly popular in vehicle infotainment networks

17-04-2015 | Microchip Technology | Design & Manufacture

Microchip has announced that the BMW Group is continuing to broaden the
proliferation of MOST technology in its vehicle infotainment networks, using
Microchip's Intelligent Network Interface Controllers (INICs). The BMW 2
Series Active Tourer is BMW's latest volume car model to implement MOST
technology, following the company's wide deployment among its premium
models, which began in 2001.

To date, more than 150 million MOST devices have been installed in over 180
car models since 2001. BMW and a host of other automakers have consistently
chosen this technology for their infotainment networks because it provides
high-bandwidth transport and streaming of Audio, Packet/Internet Protocol
(IP) and Control data with zero processor overhead and proven
electromagnetic-compatibility (EMC) behaviour. Additionally, MOST technology
offers dedicated channels for this data with dedicated, application-specific
hardware interfaces, to simplify communication system designs. For drivers
and their passengers, MOST technology provides ultra-fast start-up for
immediate access to their multimedia systems.

The MOST Cooperation standards enable automotive OEMs and their Tier 1
suppliers with a proven and well-supported methodology for defining and
implementing their infotainment systems, including a standard physical layer
and a robust method for system management and control with superior
reliability and Quality of Service (QoS). Using MOST technology also results
in reduced weight for easier compliance with environmental regulations, says
the company.

"We are gratified that BMW has once again deployed MOST technology in its
new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer," said Microchip COO, Ganesh Moorthy. "This
is another example of MOST technology migrating from premium to volume car
models for the reliable distribution of data within the vehicle."

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