Intelligent network interface controller chosen for flagship infotainment system

16-06-2015 | Microchip Technology | Design & Manufacture

Microchip has announced that Kia Motors Corporation is enriching its
infotainment system with powerful smart-phone connectivity in its flagship
Kia K900 luxury sedan (known as 'Quoris' in some countries), using
Microchip's OS81110 intelligent network interface controller (INIC).
Building on years of experience using Microchip's MOST INICs, Kia adopted
the latest MOST150 standard for the 2015 K900 in order to take advantage of
its Internet-connectivity capabilities.

To date, more than 170 million MOST interface controllers have been
installed in 184 car models since 2001. Kia and all major carmakers have for
many years successfully implemented MOST technology in their multi-node
infotainment networking systems, as it provides a field-proven, low-risk,
whole-system solution. The MOST150 standard meets Kia's
Internet-connectivity requirements. This latest version of MOST technology
continues to predictably and efficiently transport video, audio, packet and
control data throughout the vehicle without time-synchronization protocols,
using dedicated channels for minimal processor overhead in the main
infotainment control unit processors, says the company.

"MOST150 provides us with a platform on which to create systems that bring
our customers' digital lives into the car," said Soon-Nam Lee, vice
president, Overseas Marketing Group, Kia Motors Corporation. "This
technology enables our newest cars to seamlessly connect drivers and
occupants to the Internet and the whole world outside the car."

Dan Termer, Microchip's Automotive vice president, added: "The K900 is
Kia's flagship vehicle, and we are excited about their selection of our
MOST150 devices for its infotainment system. Kia has been using MOST
technology to create compelling systems for their customers for several
years now, and the K900 showcases their latest achievements, where
in-vehicle networking technology is a key differentiator."

MOST150 also provides 150 Mbps performance and proven
electromagnetic-compatibility (EMC) behaviour. All MOST INICs offer
industry-standard hardware interfaces to processor and peripheral devices
for the efficient routing of streaming, packet and control data, which
greatly simplifies module designs. End users can immediately access the
vehicle's infotainment system, due to the MOST INIC's ultra-fast network
start-up behaviour.

The MOST Cooperation standards enable automotive OEMs and their Tier 1
suppliers with a proven and well-supported methodology for defining and
implementing high-bandwidth infotainment and Advanced Driver Assistance
(ADAS) 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.

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