Cost-efficient CI+ based pay TV in automotive infotainment via MOST technology

13-10-2015 | Microchip Technology | Design & Manufacture

Microchip has announced that system designers using the de-facto industry
standard, MOST technology, in their automotive infotainment networks can now
leverage Microchip's broad product portfolio of MOST networking products to
quickly bring cost-efficient CI+-based Pay TV to their cars.

The MOST Cooperation recently released its latest MOST Stream Transmission
Specification, which includes support for the MOST CI+ Interim License
Agreement issued by CI Plus LLP. CI+ is a technical specification that
provides additional security and features to the proven DVB Common Interface
Standard, and now allows a MOST network to transport CI+ protected content
using Digital Transmission Content Protection (DTCP). According to CI Plus,
CI+ compatible consumer electronic devices, such as integrated digital
televisions and set-top boxes, can access a wide range of Pay TV Services
via plug-in CI+ Modules, wherever the CI+ technology is supported by the
local Pay TV provider.

"We are proud to offer our customers a complete, easy-to-use, cost-efficient
solution to transport the latest CI+ protected digital video inside
automobiles," said Dan Termer, vice president, Microchip Automotive
Information Systems Division. "Once again, this demonstrates Microchip's
close collaboration with our customers and commitment to listening to their
needs."

On the leading edge of the latest innovations in automotive infotainment,
Microchip currently offers MOST Intelligent Network Interface Controllers
(INICs) that support high-quality video streaming, as defined by the latest
MOST Stream Transmission Specification. In addition, the approved content
protection schemes for DTCP implemented in Microchip's MOST Multimedia
Companion ICs allow the transport of CI+ protected content. Microchip's free
DTCP software stack completes the one-stop solution for transmitting the
latest digital video content inside the car, says the company.

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