NXP acquisition creates ‘one-stop shop’ for automotive Ethernet

NXP acquisition creates ‘one-stop shop’ for automotive Ethernet

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NXP Semiconductors has announced that it has acquired OmniPHY (San Jose, CA), a provider of automotive Ethernet subsystem technology.
By Rich Pell

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Automotive Ethernet technology enables the rapid data transfer required for autonomous driving. Combining OmniPHY’s advanced high-speed technology with its own leading portfolio and heritage in vehicle networks, says NXP, uniquely positions NXP to deliver the next-generation of data transfer solutions to carmakers.

Advanced autonomous driving systems will require gigabit data speeds and beyond, with next-generation vehicles currently calling for eight or more cameras, high-definition radar, lidar, and V2X capability, generating steep data challenges for current car networks. These requirements, says the company, combined with the modern vehicle’s need to offload data to enable the new business opportunities of the connected car, will soon make terabyte levels of data processing commonplace.

As a result, the company says, long-term solutions will need to be automotive grade and of a size and weight that make their implementation feasible, and OmniPHY – a pioneer in high-speed automotive Ethernet IP and automotive qualified IP for 100BASE-T1 and 1000BASE-T1 standards – has already begun to translate 1000BASE-T1 Ethernet for the automotive space.

“Our heritage in vehicle networks is rich and with our leadership positions in CAN, LIN, and FlexRay, we hold a unique viewpoint on automotive networks,” says Alexander E. Tan, vice president and general manager of Automotive Ethernet Solutions, NXP. “The team and technology from OmniPHY give us the missing piece in an extensive high-bandwidth networking portfolio.”

Since its founding in 2012, OmniPHY has worked with some of the largest consumer companies in the world and has developed competitive first-silicon-right solutions for emerging markets like automotive and industrial Ethernet. Now, says NXP, OmniPHY interface IP and communication technology along with NXP’s automotive portfolio will form a “one-stop shop” for automotive Ethernet.

The companies’ technology synergies will center on 1.25-28Gbps PHY designs and 10-, 100-, and 1000BASE-T1 Ethernet in advanced processes.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

NXP Semiconductors

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