Microchip ships 25 millionth MOST50 intelligent networking device
"This milestone demonstrates the continuing global acceptance of MOST (Media Oriented Systems Transport) networking technology in both volume and luxury vehicle platforms," said Dan Termer, vice president of Microchip’s Automotive Information Systems Division. More than 170 million MOST devices have been installed in 184 car models since 2001. All major carmakers have for many years implemented MOST technology in their multi-node infotainment networking systems as a field-proven, low-risk, whole-system solution.
The MOST50 INICs used in GM and Toyota’s networks feature an electrical physical layer (ePHY) optimized for use with unshielded twisted pair (UTP) copper wire. According to Microchip, the result is a system that can 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.
In addition to remote-connection-management and remote-control capabilities, the company’s MOST INICs also provide industry-standard hardware interfaces to processor and peripheral devices for the efficient routing of audio, video and packet data. End users can immediately access the vehicle’s infotainment system, due to the MOST INIC’s ultra-fast network startup feature.