Microchip Brings MOST to Boost Open-source-based In-vehicle Infotainment

CIOReview Team | Monday, 08 June 2015, 09:46 IST

FREMONT, CA: Microchip Technology announces that it is excited to bring its Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) technology expertise into Linux-based technology tailored for the automotive industry. The company has now joined The Linux Foundation and Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) project through which it will contribute to developing a common, Linux-based software stack for the connected car. In-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) which have witnessed wide research and technology implementation has been getting more complex. Linux software in combination with MOST technology can contribute to mitigating these complexities by implementing an open-source software and MOST networking technology. “A fast and reliable network infrastructure is necessary for us to achieve the promise of the connected car,” said Dan Cauchy, general manager of automotive, The Linux Foundation. “To integrate this into the architecture for an open, common automotive platform will benefit the global car market. We’re excited for Microchip to bring this expertise to AGL so we can think holistically about how the car and all its components can work seamlessly together.” MOST technology enables communication between multiple consumer devices via optical or electrical physical layers directly to one another in a network configuration leading to seamless connectivity for audio/video streaming. It supports speeds up to 150Mbps to transport audio, video, data and control information and works with different cables such as fiber-optic, UTP, and coax cables. It forms a connectivity backbone to network a variety of multimedia interfaces. AGL which is being implemented in embedded and mobile devices is built on top of a well-tested and stable Linux stack. “Microchip is excited to contribute to AGL’s success, by sharing our long-term and in-depth MOST networking experience,” said Dan Termer, vice president of Microchip’s Automotive Information Systems Division. “Our new MOST technology Linux driver enables developers to utilize the proven, automotive-standard MOST network technology in a Linux environment, which will further accelerate innovation for ADAS and infotainment systems.”